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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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Smooth brome
Bromus inermis

This long-lived sod forming grass has a deep root system. On newer leaves, you should see an “M” shape.


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