Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

General: The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is recognized by their orange-brown pattern. Forewing with black apex patch and white line on leading edge. Underside has mottled dark patterns with 4 small eyespots.

The similarly marked West Coast Lady has an orange line on the leading edge of the forewing.

Taxonomy: Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae); Subfamily: True Brushfoots (Nymphalinae).

Comments: Occurs throughout North America.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Folded wings showing four eye spots.

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Painted Lady in Death Valley during winter (Feb 21).
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Death Valley Feb 21
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Death Valley Feb 22
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Death Valley Feb 22
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Blythe, CA; April 2010

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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