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Painted Lady This butterfly species can be identified by the black and white corners of its orange and black-spotted wings. It has five white spots in the black forewing tips. The hindwings have four small submarginal eyespots on the dorsal and ventral sides.  Geotagged,Painted Lady,Summer,United States,Vanessa cardui,butterfly,vanessa Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Painted Lady

This butterfly species can be identified by the black and white corners of its orange and black-spotted wings. It has five white spots in the black forewing tips. The hindwings have four small submarginal eyespots on the dorsal and ventral sides.

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  1. Their sides are even more beautiful than the top wings. Nice to see a few of them in a row:
    https://www.jungledragon.com/specie/689/photos

    And thanks for adding to that beauty!
    Posted 10 days ago
    1. There's quite a collection of them! Posted 10 days ago
      1. And that's a great thing. Sometimes members hesitate to share photos because "we already have the species". I can't say it enough, the more photos of the species, the more complete and useful the species record :) Posted 10 days ago
        1. Ha and Eek - I have almost not shared several photos because I saw that there were already a bunch, but had hoped that more was better! Posted 10 days ago
          1. It really is. Space is no issue. Of course if one shoots a series of 100 shots of the exact same observation, we don't need all 100. Not because of space, but because (near)duplicates add no value. In that case, pick 3 or so best ones from different angles.

            Multiple observations of the same species on a different day or location? Do share!

            And don't forget about old photos. We recently had somebody find a 2005 photo collecting dust in some archive. Shared over here, turned out to be a very interesting observation.

            In short, don't hold back, your photos have value, and not just the top ones :)
            Posted 9 days ago
            1. Thanks! I tend to prefer the spottings that have an educational bent, and think a nice shot is an added bonus. I have so many shots and have been looking back at older ones to post ones that may be useful, even if it's just to add to the current record. Old finds can be so useful! I agree that multiple observations over time and including various locations are super helpful in documenting the beauty of nature and hopefully inspire others to appreciate that awe as well. Plus, it's a great way to attempt to take nature's pulse :) Posted 8 days ago

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''Vanessa cardui'' is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the Painted Lady, or in North America as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Feb 12, 2018. Captured Jul 30, 2017 10:23 in 80 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/8.0
  • 1/664s
  • ISO400
  • 155mm