Hairy American Lady

American Lady Butterfly Vanessa virginiensis

Those hairs are modified scales, which is where the Lepidoptera, the taxonomic Order of moths and butterflies gets its name (coming from the Greek words lepis for “scale” and ptera for “wing”).

(And just so you know, the non-American ladies are just as hairy. More pictures after the break…)

American Lady Butterfly Vanessa virginiensis

American Lady Butterfly Vanessa virginiensis

American Lady Butterfly Vanessa virginiensis

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