Attached is a picture I took 11/09/07. I’m in NW Ohio and the temperature was in the 50’s. I looked at your site to try to determine if this was a butterfly or a moth. I guess previously I was under the impression that moths had feathery antennae, but evidently that’s not so. At any rate, I thought this one was dead, as it sat for several minutes while I took pictures, but then it moved. I guess it was just sunning itself. I would appreciate knowing what it is. Thanks so much for your help.
This is a Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, also known as The Cosmopolitan due to its near worldwide distribution. BugGuide has a nice wing comparison that will help one distinguish the Painted Lady from a closely related species, the American Painted Lady.