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Painted Lady

The painted lady (Vanessa cardui) is one of the most widely spread butterflies in the world, found in all continents except Australia and Antarctica. An irruptive migrant (migrates independent of seasonal or geographic patterns), the painted lady is capable of … Continue reading

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Red Admiral

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A colony of Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) along the Tule River (Shasta County CA) recently was filled with a variety of butterflies including west coast painted ladies (Vanessa annabella), Milbert’s tortoise shells (Aglais milberti), various sulfurs and red admirals (Vanessa … Continue reading

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West Coast Painted Lady

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Painted ladies have the distinction of being the most widely distributed butterflies in the world. Because of their wide range, another common name for painted ladies is cosmopolitans.  The West Coast painted lady, one of three or four species found … Continue reading

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