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|The painted lady [Vanessa cardui - more precisely Vanessa (Cynthia) cardui – synonym Papilio cardui], also known as the cosmopolitan butterfly, belongs to the subgenus Vanessa (Cynthia), in the order butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) - unranked: Rhopalocera – ...|
|The painted lady is found on the subtropical plains. This species is common and is encountered in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In Europe, the painted lady is a permanent resident in the Mediterranean region only.|
|The hind wings of the painted lady also have a yellowish-brown base. Their colouration is similar to that of the forewing. However the spots on the outer edge are black in colour. The remaining spots are much fainter. The underside of the hind wings has a white base colour and is...|
... The remaining spots are much fainter. The underside of the hind wings has a white base colour and is mottled with various shades of brown. On the outer edge, there are 5 eye-spots of differing sizes. A special characteristic of the painted lady is its screw-shaped flight pattern.
|Painted lady caterpillars feed on a variety of different plant families, above all,mallow (Malvaceae), Compositae (Asteraceae), Cucurbits (Cucurbitaceae), legume (Fabaceae), wine grape (Vitaceae), borage (Boraginaceae) and cabbage (Brassicaceae). They particu...|
...pe (Vitaceae), borage (Boraginaceae) and cabbage (Brassicaceae). They particularly like the ordinary thistle (Cirsium vulgare), cabbage thistle (Cirsium oleraceum), Carduus thistles (Carduus sp.) and other plants from the thistle family. Painted lady caterpillars are also found on musk mallow (Malva moschata) and nettle (Urtica dioica).
|Ladybirds (ladybugs, lady beetles)|
|Ladybirds (Coccinellidae) are a diverse family within the order Beetles.
The body of the ladybird is dome-shaped, shortened or oval. They are between 1 to 12 mm in length. The head, chest and underside are usually black however some have a light brown to red-brown underside. The coloring of the head depends on the rest of the body and ...|
...t brown to red-brown underside. The coloring of the head depends on the rest of the body and is sometimes different to the coloring of the body. The body color ranges from light beige to yellow, orange, all the brown tones, pink, red to black. Young ladybirds are initially white or yellowish. The coloring serves as a warning to enemies. There are hairy species of ladybirds.
|Asian lady beetle - harlequin lady beetle|
|Two-spotted lady beetle - Adalia bipunctata|
|beetle brown underside (2)|
|light brown beetles (1)|
|Asian beetle brown longhorn (1)|
|big beetles with dots (1)|
|brown lady beetle (1)|
|beetle brown with dots (1)|