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

 

 

(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

 

 

 

 

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