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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

painted ladyDESCRIPTION: WS=1.8 - 2.5" (44-57 mm). Upper surface orange with white spots in black apical area of forewings. Hindwings have row of 5 black spots. Lower surface of hindwing has 4 eyespots (compare to American Lady with 2 large eyespots).
Family Nymphalidae, Subfamily Nymphalinae.
NATURAL HISTORY: No butterfly in the world is more cosmopolitan than the painted lady. However, they cannot survive freezing temperatures so must migrate out of warm regions each year. Here, painted ladies move up from northern Mexico in the spring, and then stop being seen in November. Larvae feed on large variety of plants (especially thistles).

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