The orange and black American Lady is a popular butterfly across many landscapes. When the wings are open, the upper side shows uneven yellow, brown and orange coloration. The forewings show a black mark along with a white spot below it, a white bar by the edge of the forewing. When the wings are closed, the undersides of the hindwings exhibit a pair of large eyespots.


American Lady” by John Flannery, licensed under (CC BY-ND 2.0)


American Lady Facts

Butterfly Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)

Butterfly Subfamily: True Brushfoot (Nymphalinae)

Butterfly Wingspan: 1 3/4 in. to 2 5/8 in.

Butterfly Habitat: Open areas and gardens


American Lady Host and Nectar Plants

Host Plants:

  • Ironweed
  • Mallow
  • Pearly Everlasting
  • Pussy-toe
  • Silver Brocade
  • Sunflower

Nectar Plants:

  • Aster
  • Bee Balm
  • Common Milkweed
  • Dogbane
  • Goldenrod
  • Joe-Pye Weed
  • Marigold
  • Tall Verbena