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Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui
Photo by Mario Maier

Habitat: Open or disturbed areas.

Description: Orange, brown and white wing pattern.

Size: 5.1-7.3 cm wingspan

Diet: Nectar from flowers

Fun Facts: The Painted Ladies’ favorite food comes from thistle, therefore they are also known as the Thistle Butterfly. Even the caterpillar stage loves to eat thistle! The life cycle of a butterfly has four main stages, the egg, caterpillar, pupa and butterfly. This species is the most common butterfly in the world! They live on every continent except the Antarctica and Australia.

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Prairie Onion
Allium textile

Habitat: Abundantly found throughout prairie regions.  Typically found on dry plains and hillsides.

Description: The flowers grow in small clusters at the ends of slender stems, typically white and lily-shaped.  The leaves of the Prairie Onion are long and very narrow.  Like most onions the plant produces a strong aroma.

Size: 8-25cm

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