What’s In My Backyard?

Meet the Neighbors: American Lady Butterfly

For the introduction to this series, see here.

Meet the American Lady Butterfly. This butterfly looks like the closely related Painted Lady Butterfly. How do you tell them apart? The secret is to look at the outside of the wings. American Ladies have two large eye spots on the lower edge of their wings whereas Painted Ladies have four small eye spots in the same area. In my area, Painted ladies are much more common so I was very excited to see this beauty in my yard.

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