All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>American Lady Butterfly</strong> with closed wings
<em>Vanessa virginiensis</em>
Oak Ridge, TN
May 26, 2007

Note the "eyespots" on the lower wing, these are supposed to frighten away predators. I wish that stray piece of grass had not bee...
American Lady Butterfly with closed wings
Vanessa virginiensis
Oak Ridge, TN
May 26, 2007

Note the "eyespots" on the lower wing, these are supposed to frighten away predators. I wish that stray piece of grass had not been in the way! Also, note how the butterfly uses the long proboscis to drink nectar from the clover flower.
Host plants for caterpillars include: Thistle, other composites and mallows.

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