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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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Silky Lupine
Lupinus sericeus
  Covered in soft, silvery hairs.  Compound leaves with 6-10 leaflets, that alternate on the stem.  Individual leaflets are narrow and 3-6cm long.  Flowers grow in long terminal clusters, purple-blue in color (can be white or yellowish).  Silky Lupine's often grown in dense groups.
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