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Vanesa de los cardos (ES) Painted lady (EN)

Vanessa cardui

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American Painted Lady
Vanessa virginiensis American Painted Lady


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9 Comments

Sonia Daponte
Sonia Daponte 8 years ago

Really interesting information gatorfellows, thank you ^^

Sonia Daponte
Sonia Daponte 8 years ago

Ok, Thank you so much for your help dandoucette and Jeannette :)

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 8 years ago

Difference in Vanessa cardui vs virginiensis is in the hind wing eyespots. The American has larger spots at the beginning and end of the row. Painted (cardui) are all even in size. This is easier to see from the ventral (underside) view. I always look at the hindwing dorsal or ventral for the ID. Compare with this link: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/speci... This photo those eyespots seem even to me.

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

=)

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

I see what you mean, for sure V. cardui. I was close!

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Actually I agree with Sonia, look at the white spots at the top of the wings, on the American the second set spots are not white they ar more orange...

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Yeah, it could be. They look nearly identical to me, but I agree with you.

Sonia Daponte
Sonia Daponte 8 years ago

Now, I think it's a ''Vanessa cardui'' because the distribution is more appropriate, what do you think?

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Despite the name (according to wiki) this butterfly ' can be found throughout temperate North America as well as Madeira and the Canary Islands. Occasionally individuals can be found as far as south-west Europe.'

Sonia Daponte
Spotted by
Sonia Daponte

Moaña, Galicia, Spain

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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