American Lady Butterfly – 5/12/12
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 5/12/12
Observation Time: 6:15 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near Well #5
Common Name: American Lady Butterfly
Scientific Name: Vanessa virginiensis
Comments: American lady butterflies (V. virginiensis) have two large eyespots on the underside of the hind wing, whereas similar-looking painted lady butterflies (V. cardui) have four small eyespots. This individual was feeding on a flowering shrub.
More Information: See Butterflies and Moths of North America.