American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis). Very similar to the Painted Lady (V. cardui), which, like the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), is migratory. Saw my first Monarch as well (last year I noted my first at the end of June); the milkweeds, which Monarchs are so associated with, were only three-four inches out of the ground. I’m using the Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America to differentiate my Ladies and Polygonia. Red Maple (Acer rubrum) keys.
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