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Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui


Brown bodied butterfly with mainly orange wings. The forewings are orange with mostly black at the edges with white spots. The hind wings are mainly orange with scalloped trailing edges, black dots near the trailing edge and a thicker black line closer to the body.


Found especially in open or disturbed areas like gardens, old fields, and dunes.


Spotted near an elementary school in Georgia. The big difference between the American and the Painted Lady Butterflies is the A. Lady has one white spot on the orange portion of upper side fore wing and the P. Lady has no white spot there. Also on the underside, the A. Lady has two eyespots on the hind wings and the P. Lady has 4-5 eyespots on the respective wing.

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robert emond
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robert emond

Georgia, USA

Lat: 31.56, Long: -83.56

Spotted on Jul 6, 2019
Submitted on Jul 6, 2019

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