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|Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus 1758)|
Lepidoptera : Nymphalidae
Common name: Painted lady
Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) is one of the most widely distributed species of butterfly, and can be found on all continents except Antarctica and Australia. It lives in most biogeographic regions, including Nearctic, Palearctic, Neotropical, Ethiopian, Oriental, and Oceanic Islands. The territory size of the Painted Lady is vast enough to cover all of North America, south to Panama, and are also naturalized in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The Vanessa cardui are known for their distinct migratory behavior.There is evidence to suggest that global climatic events may affect the migratory behavior of the Painted Lady butterflies, causing large-scale migrations.The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. It migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but for decades naturalists have debated whether the offspring of these immigrants ever make a southwards return migration.
Vanessa cardui displays a unique system of continuous mating, throughout all seasons, including the winter. This may be attributed to the migratory patterns of the painted lady butterfly, thus significantly affecting its mating behavior. During European migrations, the butterflies will immediately begin to mate and lay eggs upon arrival in the Mediterranean in the spring, starting late May.
Vanessa cardui is holometabolous. Females lay eggs on a host plant, such as those from the Asteraceae family ( Cirsium, Carduus,Centaurea, Arctium, Helianthus, and Artemisia spp) that will serve as a food source. The painted lady uses over 300 recorded host plants according to the HOSTS database. The eggs are tiny, as tiny as a sugar crystal. They are green and ribbed and can be observed best with a magnifying lens. After hatching, the larvae feed continuously and construct silken tents on the host plant. They molt several times over the next few weeks before moving on to the next stage in metamorphosis. As a pupae, it forms a cocoon, and following the completion of pupation, it emerges as an adult butterfly. Development of the Painted Lady is dependent on the climate; faster development occurs in warmer climates. In subtropical areas, completion of development can take 33 to 44 days. In cooler climates, development can take upwards of 60 days.
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- [2014-12-17 23:04]
great macro nice vanessa..
A nice specie of butterfly. It is a colorful specie. Excellent details and focus.
very nice composition to see
good sharpness and lovely colours
thanks gr lou
- [2014-12-18 7:53]
Gia sou Nikos,
A beautiful composition showing the Vanessa cardui ..
Great sharpness and lovely natural colours.
Ciao Nikos, great macro of fantastic butterfly, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- [2014-12-18 14:52]
Hi Nikos,excellent macro of this Vanessa,completely disappear in the last year in my country,very good sharpness despite the difficult wings position and good colors too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Hello Nikos - I think most abundant butterfly this Painted Lady. All over the Globe we can find them in different paint. I like your presentation of this Lady against such nice BG. IMHO, a green tint can be seen on butterfly and lack of little bit sharpness. U could get better BG. With due respect, I have done a WS, where I tried fix it in my way. But never think what I am saying it's a final conclusion. Just ignore it, if you are not agree with me. Thanks for sharing your work. Regards and have a nice Sunday - Srikumar