West Coast Lady
West Coast Lady West Coast Lady 4 Blue dots on hind wing West Coast Lady Orange patch on leading edge of fore wing West Coast Lady

Butterflies of Southern Arizona

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West Coast Lady.
Vanessa annabella
Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae) Family

Identification: Upperside is orange-brown with an orange bar at the leading edge of the forewing; hindwing with 3 or 4 blue submarginal spots. Underside with complex pattern; eyespots are obscured by other markings. Wing Span: 1 1/2 - 2 1/4 inches (3/8 - 5.7 cm). Life History: Males perch to watch for receptive females. Females lay eggs singly on upperside of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves and live in a silken nest. Adults hibernate. Flight: Many flights throughout the year in lowland California; two flights, summer and fall, in the Rocky Mountains; one flight in higher mountains. Caterpillar Hosts: Many plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae) including tree mallow (Lavatera), globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), bush mallow (Malvastrum), mallow (Malva), alkali mallow (Sida), checkerbloom (Sidalcea), and hollyhock (Althea). Adult Food: Flower nectar. Habitat: Open places including weedy areas, gardens, roadsides, fields, foothills, chaparral, disturbed areas. Range: Western North America from southern British Columbia south to Baja California Norte; south and east to Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. Strays to central Kansas, eastern North Dakota, and southern Ontario.

Santa Catalina Mountains.
Sabino Canyon
Location: On Camphorweed in riparian area beside creek above dam.

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