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Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
Identification: Upperside is orange-brown with darker wing bases; forewing with black apex patch and white bar on leading edge; hindwing submarginal row of 5 small black spots sometimes has blue scales. Underside has a black, brown, and gray pattern with 4 small submarginal eyespots.
Wing Span: 2 - 2 7/8 inches (5.1 - 7.3 cm).
Life History: Males perch and patrol during the afternoon for receptive females. In the West males usually perch on shrubs on hilltops, while in the East males perch on bare ground in open areas. Females lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Caterpillars live in silk nests and eat leaves. Adults hibernate only in the South and in mild winters
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great shot with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou
Beautiful butterfly this Painted Lady.Well captured.Well sharped with majestic pose.I like its colour and POV too.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2013-08-08 11:21]
Salut John,une capture excellente malgre' la posotion des ailes et les differents niveaux de la lumiere,tres jolie capture de cette espece un peu rare cet anne'.Mes compliments et belle soiree',Luciano
Ciao John, great macro of fantastic butterfly on beautiful flower, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio