Painted Lady


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Painted Lady on butterfly bush
Photographed at Roseland Nursery, Acushnet, Mass, USA
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Nikon D90-Nikkor 55-300mm lens, f/5.6, exposure time 1/1000 sec,
ISO – 400, focal length 260mm, max aperture 5, no flash*_
Common name: Painted Lady / Latin Name: Vanessa virginiensis
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span (2.0–3.5 in) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.
The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have 4–5 white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.

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