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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Butterflies and Moths
Vanessa cardui (Painted lady)

 

 

 Vanessa cardui

 Vanessa cardui

(Painted lady)
Habitat: Uncommon to abundant resident, prone to mass migration.
Food Habits: nectar, all habitats
Leg Characteristics: The painted lady butterfly spends most of its larval stage on thistle plants.

Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae - Brush-footed butterflies
Genus Vanessa
species cardui
variety Lady butterfly

 

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