Here in La Cresta, the Ladies seem to abound. Both Painteds and Americans come through here during the summer months and are especially attracted to the blooms of the Butterfly Bush off the front portico.
8/22/10 American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis).
The two large eyespots on the hindwing are indicative.
FAMILY: Nyphalidae (Brush-Footed Butterflies)