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American Lady - Vanessa virginiensis
[American Lady image]
American Lady - Roaches Pond Park, NS - 2012-08-15
Photo © Phil Schappert
Status in Nova Scotia
Varies: absent some years, abundant other years.

Flight Period
Migrants first arrive in late April. Flies until late October.

Habitat
Gardens, roadsides, clearings, fields.

Larval Foodplants
Asters, knapweed, thistles and other members of the aster family.

Similar Species in Nova Scotia
Similar to Painted Lady.

Notes
Earlier names for this species were "American Painted Lady" and "Hunter's Butterfly". It may overwinter in some parts of Canada but is not thought to do so here.

American Lady - MacIntosh Run, 2012-07-15
American Lady - MacIntosh Run - 2012-07-15
2012-07-15
Photo © Peter Payzant
American Lady - Apple River, NS, 2012-04-18
American Lady - Apple River, NS - 2012-04-18
2012-04-18
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer
American Lady - Butler Rd. Kings County, 2012-08-05
American Lady - Butler Rd. Kings County - 2012-08-05
2012-08-05
Photo © Angus MacLean
American Lady - Hammonds Plains, NS, 2010-10-04
American Lady - Hammonds Plains, NS - 2010-10-04
2010-10-04
Photo © Donna Evers
American Lady - Hammonds Plains, NS, 2010-10-05
American Lady - Hammonds Plains, NS - 2010-10-05
2010-10-05
Photo © Donna Evers
American Lady - Hammonds Plains, NS, 2010-10-05
American Lady - Hammonds Plains, NS - 2010-10-05
2010-10-05
Photo © Donna Evers