American (Painted) Lady

  • Family name: Nymphalidae/Brush-Footed Butterflies
  • General description: Orange with black markings; black forewing extended and squared-off with small white spots; hindwing with postmedian row of small black eyespots; ventral hindwing woth white cobweb pattern and two prominent eyespots
  • Field Marks: Orange with black markings; ventral hindwing with two prominent eyespots
  • Sexes: Appear similar
  • Wingspan: 54- 66 mm
  • Life Cycle: Egg: Small, green, laid singly on host leaves or flowers Mature larva: Yellow with transverse black bands, dorsal white spots, and numerous red-based black branched spines Chrysalis: Mottled gray or yellow-green
  • Number of Generations: 100
  • Flight Season:
  • Abundance: Common
  • Habitat: Disturbed sites, roadsides, fields, pastures, woodland margins
  • Counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, De Soto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
  • Larval Host Plants: Cudweed (Gnaphalium spp.)
  • Similar Species: No similar species
  • Additional Information: Adults have a low, rapid flight; adults overwinter; larvae construct individual shelters on host. Range is limited in Montana.

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