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Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui

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Size 2 - 2"
Egg Pale green barrel shaped
Caterpillar Greenish yellow with black mottling, yellow stripe on top with short spines.
Host / Food Thistles, sunflower, borage
Broods 2 north, more south
Habitat Just about everywhere, especially meadows, parks, gardens and moutaintops.
Range North America, except artic

Also known as the Thistle Butterfly or the Cosmopolite the Painted Lady is one of the most widespread butterflies in the world.

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