Butterflies: Painted Lady

Photo of Painted Lady

During September visits to a favorite coastal spot, I bumped into more than one Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly. I've seen similar American Lady (V. virginiensis) butterflies, too, but, with a clear view of the upper or under-sides, the two species can be told apart with ease (visit the BugGuide for an excellent graphic comparison).

Photo of Painted Lady on Seaside Goldenrod

When they weren't warming themselves or flying swiftly about, the Painted Lady butterflies sipped nectar of New York American-aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii, see Quiz #120) and Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens, pictured here).

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