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West Coast Lady

Wolf Mtn Rd, Lane Co, September 10

West Coast Lady

Vanessa annabella

Size: Up to 2 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Smaller than other ladies. Above bright orange with black FW tips with a thick vertical orange bar at the leading edge and a few small white spots near the wing tip. HW above orange with submarginal row of black spots with blue centers. Below, HW brown with submarginal row of four small eye spots, and web of white lines and white patches. FW below has bright salmon orange crossed by black in lower 2/3, upper 1/3 similar to HW.

Similar species: American Lady has two large eye spots below. Painted Lady is larger, has white bar at leading edge of FW above instead of orange.  

Hostplant: Many species in the mallow family including streambank globe-mallow, checkermallow and others.

Habitat: Flowery meadows, roadsides, and gardens. 

Range: Throughout Oregon except in Malheur County.

Season: Early March to mid-November.

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Secure

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