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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)


  • BND: Painted Lady; Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • BNA: Painted Lady; Vanessa cardui
  • NDC: VACA
  • Habitat: Open prairies, roadsides and meadows
  • Larval food: Cirsium primarily; also Heliantus, many other composites
  • Adult flight: Frequent spring immigrant; does not survive winter
  • References: Royer 149, Layberry et al. 205, Opler & Krizek 159, Scott 289
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