“Painted Lady” by rhoing

“Painted Lady”

One of the only species I also know by its scientific name, “Vanessa cardui.” A “temporary colonist” in my area with a particular distinction. From the BAMONA page (below) » “On all continents except Australia and Antarctica. From the deserts of northern Mexico, the Painted Lady migrates and temporarily colonizes the United States and Canada south of the Arctic. Occasionally, population explosions in Mexico will cause massive northward migrations. … The Painted Lady is also known as the Thistle Butterfly because of the caterpillars' food preference and also as the Cosmopolitan because it is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world.”

ID’ed as “Vanessa cardui” or “Painted Lady”:
» BAMONA, https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1198840
» BugGuide, https://bugguide.net/node/view/1631245

Species pages—
» BAMONA, https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Vanessa-cardui
» BugGuide, https://bugguide.net/node/view/2649

[ IMG_4441S8x8Atm :: 250mm ]
Excellent definition and good to learn about! fav
January 30th, 2019  
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