Subject: Painted Lady Butterfly?
Location: Coryell County
August 14, 2014 9:34 am
This beautiful – and quick!- butterfly visited our pentas as I was watering them this morning. It tended to feed upside-down, perhaps to show its eyespots to the world. Is it a Painted Lady? If so, it’s the first I’ve photographed in our yard. It has such beautiful colors! I darkened the exposure a bit.
Warm, sunny morning today.
We agree that this is a Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui. There are several other butterflies in the genus that look quite similar, and this excellent comparison from BugGuide illustrates the difference between the Painted Lady and the American Lady. We are thrilled that you were able to capture views of both the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the wings.