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West Coast Lady

The West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella) is a medium-sized butterfly with orange-brown coloration with white spots. It can be found in fields, foothills, gardens and roadsides. The range of the West Coast Lady includes most of western North America, from southern British Colombia into Montana, Colorado, New Mexco and Baja California.

Shares some coloration and markings with the American Lady and Painted Lady.

Wing spread: 1.5" - 1.25"

Host Plants: Plants in the mallow family, nettles, checkerbloom, hollyhock

West Coast Lady Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
Egg stage 4 to 14 days
Caterpillar (larval) stage 2 to 4 weeks
Chrysalis (pupal) stage 7 to 14 days
Adult butterfly stage 6 to 20 days


West Coast Lady Butterfly ... dorsal view
West Coast Lady Butterfly

West Coast Lady Butterfly ... ventral view
West Coast Lady Butterfly ... wings closed

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