Vanessa annabella

West Coast Lady

Vanessa annabella is a great suburban garden butterfly to attract and raise. Hollyhocks are what I used when I was a kid. In the wild, these are nettle-feeders. True to their common name, they fly in the western U.S., and may be encountered much of the year. To separate these from Painted Ladies, compare the shape of the wing tips (more rounded in Painted Ladies, squared-off in annabella); the white areas on the forewings (Painted Ladies have a white bar, West Coast Ladies orange); and the four hind wing blue dots on annabella. Is their a butterfly with a nicer name that Vannessa annabella?

Vanessa annabella - West Coast Lady
The West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, is a common garden butterfly where I live. These photos were all taken in my backyard in Long Beach. This one is on Coreopsis. June 27, 2005.
Vanessa annabella - West Coast Lady
West Coast Lady, ventral. On Buddleia davidii. July 9, 2005.
Vanessa annabella - West Coast Lady
Another annabella, April 13, 2006.
Vanessa annabella - West Coast Lady
West Coast Lady, Vanessa annabella, April 13, 2006.

©Dennis Walker