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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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Wild Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
Compound leaves with 3 leaflets, that are broad, oval shaped and toothed.  Blue-green in color, smooth above and hairy below. White flowers grow on a leafless stem, 5 petals per flower.  "Berry" is 10-15mm in diameter (much smaller than the berries you buy in the supermarket).
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