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Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
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Vanessa cardui (aka Cynthia cardui)

FR : Belle-Dame , Vanesse du chardon
EN : Painted Lady

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily:Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Nymphalin
iGenus: Vanessa
Subgenus: Cynthia
Species:V. (C.) cardui

The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known colourful butterfly, sometimes known in North America as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.

Distribution

It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis), and the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).

Migration

The Painted Lady occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. For example, it migrates from North Africa and the Mediterranean to Britain in May and June, but offspring produced there die in the Autumn.

Relationship with humans

Painted Lady butterflies are raised in many pre-school classrooms to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly. Naturally, this is one reason they are so popular amongst children. They are also often found in science fair projects.

Life cycle

The egg takes 3 to 5 days to hatch. The caterpillar takes 711 days to turn into a chrysalis. It takes 711 days for the chrysalis to turn into a butterfly. It doesn't stay in one area so long. The painted lady butterfly travels around 1000 miles in its life. Its wing span is 2 in. The painted lady caterpillar is black with spiked skin.

Host plants

The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of host plants of the families Asteraceae, especially Carduus crispus (as implied by the species name cardui Latin for "of the thistles"). Also, Boraginaceae, Malvaceae (especially hollyhocks and dwarf mallow Malva neglecta), and a number of Fabaceae are eaten. The adults drink nectar fr

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I found this a bit soft and overexposed so I had a go at reducing the highlights and increasing the contrasts. I also decreased the saturation a little bit.

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