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American Painted Lady

Vanessa virginiensis


Vanessa virginiensis is most easily distinguishable by its two large eyespots on the ventral side, whereas V. cardui has four small eyespots and V. annabella has none. V. virginiensis also uniquely features a white dot within the forewing subapical field, set in pink on the underside and usually also in the dorsal side's orange field. The size of the wings are about 5 cm (2 in) across.

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pamsai 6 years ago

thanks and Jellis for the ID. Now I think I have spotted all 3 of the Painted ladies.

Jellis 6 years ago

American (Painted) Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

California, USA

Lat: 37.75, Long: -119.59

Spotted on Oct 18, 2012
Submitted on Oct 19, 2012

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