Painted Lady

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 Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

 Large. Orange with black and white markings on tips of forewings. (If you see a butterfly of this description but faded, in the spring, it is a migrant into the area. Fresh adults are seen in mid-summer.) Brightly patterned underside. Thistles are the favourite larval foodplant. Adults nectar on a variety of wild and garden plants, especially dandelion. 

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