American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Statewide, occurring in all 100 counties, including the Outer Banks.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Generally common over most of the state, though seldom seen in colonies or large numbers. Somewhat more numerous in the Coastal Plain than farther westward, but certainly not uncommon in any region.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Three or four broods, with a continuous flight period. Present in NC without gaps from February to November; rare all winter. The first flight in the mountains does not begin until early April. Adults can be seen on warm winter days in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, but whether they mate in late winter (as do anglewings) is not clear. The first flight of newly-hatched individuals downstate likely begins during the latter half of March.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) 06/22/05 · Ashe County, NC
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) 06/22/07 · Ashe County, NC