American Painted Lady Butterfly; Vanessa virginiensis

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American Painted Lady Butterfly
Vanessa virginiensis
Cudweed is simply a weed which grows in yards, gardens, fields, and ditches.
It's a weed we mow, hoe, weedeat, and pull from soil
never realizing it is essential to American Lady butterflies.
In Florida, this butterfly is a sign of spring.
When summer arrives, the American Lady is rarely seen.
american painted lady butterfly
american painted lady butterfly cudweed nest
american painted lady caterpillar
An American Painted Lady
drinks nectar from Lantana.
Caterpillars (larvae) make nests
in their host plants.
The nest opened to reveal
a caterpillar (larva).
cudweed
narrow leaf cudweed
sweet everlasting
Broad leaf cudweed
Gnaphalium sp.
Narrow leaf cudweed
Gnaphalium sp.
Sweet Everlasting
american painted lady butterfly caterpillar makes a nest of cudweed
american painted lady butterfly caterpillars
american painted lady butterfly caterpillar eating
One caterpillar used three plants
to create its nest.
American Lady caterpillars
tightly curl when disturbed.
An American Lady caterpillar eating.
american painted lady butterfly caterpillar pupate into a chrysalis
american painted lady butterfly green chrysalis pupa
american painted lady butterfly gray chrysalis pupa
An American Lady caterpillar
hangs in a 'J' preparing
to pupate into a chrysalis.
A chrysalis (pupa) may be either neon green ...
... or the chrysalis may be gray.
american painted lady butterfly on butterfly bush
american painted lady butterfly and stoke's aster
american painted lady butterfly with broken wings
An American Lady drinks from fruit
in the butterfly garden. dvd.
American Lady adult drinking from
butterfly bush, a nectar plant.
American Lady adult drinking from
Stoke's Aster, a nectar plant.
Note the bottom of the wings are missing due to a disappointed predator.