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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

  The Painted Lady butterfly is also known as the Thistle Butterfly due to its food preference while in the caterpillar stage and the Cosmopolitan, due to its wide distribution around the globe.

  This Painted Lady butterfly was spotted sampling the nectar of some Lantana flowers. The photos displayed on this page were taken on 5 October 2003 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.

  For more information about the Painted Lady butterfly, please follow the links below:

Butterflies and Moths of North America: Painted Lady - This site features general information about the Painted Lady butterfly, as well as maps showing the widespread location of this species.

Looking Closely at Butterflies - This site features lots of fun facts and information about Painted Lady butterflies, as well as photos of the butterfly in all stages of development. Download and print butterfly activity sheets and projects.


Painted Lady Butterfly - This site features lots information about Painted Lady butterflies and their life stages, as well as links to photos and videos of the Painted Lady Butterfly.

Garden Treasures - Where Do Butterflies Come From? - This site features information and links about where butterflies come from, covering the complete life cycle from egg to adult.
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American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

  The American Painted Lady butterfly is similar in appearance to the Painted Lady butterfly. The most noticeable differences are the 2 large eyespots on the underside of the wings.

  This American Painted Lady butterfly was also spotted on Lantana flowers. Photographed along Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown Atlanta.

  For more information about the American Painted Lady butterfly, please follow the links below:

Butterflies and Moths of North America: American Lady - This site features general information about the American Lady butterfly, as well as maps showing the widespread location of this species.




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