|The American Lady Butterfly, though
similar to the Painted Lade Butterfly, can be distinguished
by the two large eye spots on the underside of their hindwings. In
addition, the white markings on the upper wings tips are fewer in
number; and it has two large blue spots on the upper hind wings. The top
of the butterfly is mainly orange in color with a bright, uneven pattern
of brown, yellow and white.
American Lady Butterflies are
partial to the nectar of yellow flowers.
The butterfly can be found throughout much of Arizona
except for the extreme southwest portions as well as in New Mexico,
California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. It typically lives in open areas
such as fields, meadows, roadsides and gardens in a wide variety of
habitats. Adults typically fly from March through November and eat
nectar from a variety of flower species. Host plants for the butterfly
include cud weed, thistles and nettles.