The American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis) is native to the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. It also migrates to form temporary colonies in the northern U.S. and parts of Canada, the West Indies, and Europe. You’ll find this bright orange butterfly in open meadows, parks, pastures, and along the edge of forests. Its wingspan is one and three-fourths to two and five-eighths inches.
This resource is part of the KET Image Bank collection.