|American Painted Lady Butterfly - Vanessa virginiensis|
Also commonly called "painted beauty."
Live adult butterflies photographed in the wild at Winfield, Illinois, USA.
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The American painted lady and their its close relative, the Red Admiral are perhaps the most cold tolerant of all North American butterflies. It is believed many of these butterflies are able to overwinter, even in the northern U.S. While common in the East, its numbers never seem very large in any particular area; In much of the west, its appearance is completely unpredictable. It is an avid flower-visitor and can often be found in gardens with butterfly bushes.
Similar species: Painted Lady has smaller eyespots below. West Coast Lady has orange bar across black patch.
1. Opler, Paul A., Harry Pavulaan, Ray E. Stanford, Michael Pogue "Butterflies and Moths of North America". NBII Mountain Prairie Information Node http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species
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