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Painted lady

Vanessa cardui

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This beautiful butterfly has orange wings with black and white spots. The brown colouring of the butterfly’s thorax extends to the inner area of its wings. The back of its wings is lighter in colour and the edge of the lower wing has a row of eyespots.

Life cycle

The pale green eggs are laid one by one. There are two generations each year.

Geographic distribution

The painted lady is the most common butterfly in the world.

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