It’s mistaken quite often for a monarch butterfly. The painted lady butterfly consists of three North American species of brush-footed butterflies known colloquially as the “painted ladies”. In the western United States, the West Coast Lady, (Vanessa annabella) is the painted lady. While their coloring and markings are similar to a monarch, they’re approximately half the size of a monarch. They become quite visible at this time of year, visiting brightly colored flowers.
This particular Vanessa annabella decided to visit our butterfly bush upon arrival this past weekend.
Like most butterflies, it doesn’t take much for them to flutter to a new location.