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Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the Painted Lady, or in North America as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape. It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. Vanessa cardui occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.
A garden at El Carmolí, Mar Menor, Cartagena.