Medium sized butterflies, up to about 2 and 1/2 inches wide. Orange on the upper wings, with black on the forewing tips. White spots decorate the black parts and black spots decorate the orange parts. Undersides of the wings dark brown with a splash of pink to red-orange, and a complex pattern of white and black markings. Eyespots on the hindwing are believed to startle and distract would-be predators. Particularly fond of nectar from flowers in the Sunflower Family.
Both species are native and common in eastern North America, and in Wildwood. Painted lady is a cosmopolitan species native to every continent but South America and the Antarctica. American lady isfound over most of North America and south into South America.