I photographed this interesting butterfly yesterday on my butterfly bush in Northern New Jersey. Could you please tell me the species? Thanks so much. BTW< Love your site!
Deb Potter
Wyckoff, N.J.

Hi Deb,
Nice photo of a Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, also called the Cosmopolitan for its worldwide distribution. Not as well known as the Monarch, these butterflies also migrate. The larval food plant is thistle.

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