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Painted lady

A species of Cynthia, Also known as Thistle butterfly
Scientific name : Cynthia cardui Genus : Cynthia

Painted lady, A species of Cynthia
Also known as:
Thistle butterfly
Botanical name: Cynthia cardui
Genus: Cynthia
Painted lady (Cynthia cardui) Photo By Tony Hisgett , used under CC-BY-2.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

The painted lady is a migratory butterfly that spends part of the year in Northern Africa and then migrates to Europe during the warmer months. Although the adults feed on nectar from flowers, the larvae feed on the leaves of nettles and thistles.
Colors
Black
Yellow
Gray
White
Habitat
Meadows, gardens, and open spaces.
Venomous
Not reported
Non-poisonous
Not reported
Pollinator
Yes
The Painted lady is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.

Are Painted lady harmful?

The painted lady is a migratory butterfly that spends part of the year in Northern Africa and then migrates to Europe during the warmer months. Although the adults feed on nectar from flowers, the larvae feed on the leaves of nettles and thistles.

Harmful to human

Harmful to human

Some larvae of tortoiseshell butterflies feed on milkweed, which is a poisonous plant containing cardiac glycosides, so the larvae are poisonous. Although poisonous, these butterflies will not directly affect humans if not swallowed. Touching the larvae of certain tortoiseshell butterflies may cause a rash.

General Info

Distribution Area

V. cardui is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle, and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian painted lady (V. kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American painted lady (V. virginiensis) and the West Coast lady (V. annabella).

AdultSize

Wingspan 5 - 6 cm

How to identify it?

Painted lady (Cynthia cardui) Painted lady (Cynthia cardui) Photo By Tony Hisgett , used under CC-BY-2.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Scientific Classification

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