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American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)


  • BND: American Painted Lady; Vanessa virginiensis (Drury, 1773)
  • BNA: American Lady; Vanessa virginiensis
  • NDC: VAVI
  • Habitat: Open prairies and meadows
  • Larval food: Antennara; probably other everlastings
  • Adult flight: Sporadic spring immigrant, mostly to southern counties; does not survive winter
  • References: Royer 148, Opler & Krizek 158, Scott 283
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