Information about the American Painted Lady Butterfly:
The American Painted Lady – or American Lady – is a true brush-foot butterfly found throughout North America. They are usually found in open places with low vegetation including dunes, meadows, parks, vacant lots, forest edges. The wing spread of adults is 1.75 to 2.40 inches. The upper surface of the wings is orange-brown with black margins. The front wings have white spots on the outer third. The lower side of the front wings has a bright pink area. Part of the forewing margin is concave — one of the characteristics that distinguishes it from the similar and closely related painted lady, Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus). The lower side of the hind wing has a characteristic “cob-web” pattern and two large eye spots near the margin. By contrast, the painted lady has a row of four smaller eye spots.