Photographed in Massachusetts, and Maine in New England. The only butterfly that I have had success with photographing in the “wild”.
And for those who wish the details:
The American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) is most easily distinguishable by its two large hindwing eyespots on the ventral side. virginiensis also features a white dot within the subapical field of the forewings set in pink on the ventral side, and often as a smaller clean white dot in the orange of the dorsal side too. A less reliable indicator is the row of eyespots on the dorsal submarginal hindwing; virginiensis often has two larger outer spots with blue pupils. The black forewing tips have foour to five white spots, usually the largest is whitish orange.
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