Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Occurrence in NC varies dramatically from year to year. Some years they may be virtually absent, while in other years they can be almost common. Their originate each year as immigrants from the southwest and have been seen as early as March and as late as December.

Note that on the top surface of the forewing, Painted Ladies lack a white spot in the outer orange area, and note the pattern of the basal black spots form a closed half-circle. On the underside of the hindwing, note 4-5 small eyespots. (American Ladies have 2 large eyespots below, and their dorsal surfaces usually have a white spot and a different black spot pattern (broken half-circle).)


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Durham Co., NC
2 Nov 2013

Nectaring on Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in my yard.


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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
25 Sep 2012
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC
25 Sep 2012

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Mt. Mitchell State Park, Yancey Co., NC
13 Sep 2008
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Durham Co., NC
13 Oct 2014

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Durham Co, NC
17 July 04

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Portsmouth Island, Carteret Co., NC
10 Apr 2005

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
9 Oct 2004
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Duke Gardens, Durham Co., NC
20 Aug 2005

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Lambs Canyon, Salt Lake Co., UT
16 June 2005

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
8 May 2014
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
6 May 2014

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MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
19 May 2014

Puddling on horse dung


Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Rock Creek, El Paso Co., CO
9 July 2016

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Nectaring on Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
19 May 2014
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Nectaring on Nettle-leaf Giant Hyssop (Agastache urticifolia)
Mt. Baldy, Missoula Co., MT
26 July 2014

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Nectaring on knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Near Condon, Missoula Co., MT
2 Sep 2014
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Nectaring on blazing star (Liatris sp.)
Kankakee Sands, Newton Co, IN
30 July 2015

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MPG Ranch, Missoula Co., MT
14 May 2015



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