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Butterfly I.D. Correction

Painted vs. American LadyYesterday’s post about the Painted Lady butterfly has a mis-identified inset photo. Two butterflies in the genus Vanessa resemble each other closely – V. cardui (Painted Lady) and V. virginiensis (American Lady), both of which are found in the Northeast. While the main photo was correctly identified as a Painted Lady, the inset photo is an American Lady. Details enabling you to determine which of these migrating butterflies you are seeing can be found at . ( is an excellent resource for anyone wanting the identity of an insect or spider. You simply submit your photo and generous entomologists provide i.d.s). Many thanks to naturalist/author Kathie Fiveash for bringing this mis-identification to my attention.

4 responses

  1. “American Ladies have big eyes.”

    The Bug Guide you mentioned is wonderful. I have used to many times over the years.

    September 29, 2017 at 9:25 am

    • Tom

      Do the American Painted ladies also migrate?

      September 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  2. Saw one on my hydrangea flowers this weekend when it was so warm! I don’t think I had ever seen an American Lady before. Lovely and so quick! I have read that they were very numerous this year. Good on them!

    September 29, 2017 at 1:07 pm

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