Thursday, June 21, 2012

American Lady

A good field mark for the American Lady is the tiny white spot completely surrounded by orange on both forewings. This butterfly is common across most of the United States south South America. Two or three hatchings a year brings it, during some summers, into Canada (and even Europe). Erika and I found this one in Texas, where American Ladies fly year-round. Lepidopterists do not know if they survive the cold of Minnesota latitudes, where summer populations may have to be reestablished annually from southern parts of the range (Butterfliesandmoths.org). A wide variety of weed flowers sustain both the adults and their caterpillars.

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