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American Lady Caterpillar - (Vanessa virginiensis)

A nest made of caterpillar silk and debris at the top of a flowering stem makes a safe retreat for the American Lady Caterpillar.

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Adult Form: American Lady
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessa
Species: virginiensis
The American Lady Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
black body; yellow bands; yellow rings; two white dots; spiky; black; bristles; hairs; thorns; branching; black head; hairs; red bumps; red dots; orange; yellow hairs; bottom.

This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico; New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the southern parts of the Canadian provinces: Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.

Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the American Lady Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.
Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)

The map below showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the American Lady Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America

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