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American Lady

Westlake Boat Ramp, Lane Co, October 20

American Lady

Vanessa virginiensis

Size: Up to 2.25 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Above bright orange with black FW tips that contain a vertical white bar and a few small white spots. HW above orange with submarginal row of black spots with blue centers. Below, HW gray brown with two large eye spots, and web of white lines. FW below has bright salmon orange crossed by black.

Similar species: Other lady species have several small eyespots on HW below.  

Hostplant: Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), pussytoes (Antennaria) and many other species.

Habitat: Sunny meadows, roadsides, fields, and parks. 

Range: Throughout Oregon except far north on the east side of Cascades.

Season: Mid-April to early November.

Abundance: Common 


Conservation Status: Secure

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