Painted Lady – Vanessa cardui
Vanessa cardui is a well-known colourful butterfly, known as the Painted Lady, or in North America as the Cosmopolitan. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape.
V. cardui is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica and South America. In Australia, V. cardui has a limited range around Bunbury, Fremantle, and Rottnest Island. However, its close relative, the Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi, sometimes considered a subspecies) ranges over half the continent. Other closely related species are the American Painted Lady (V. virginiensis) and the West Coast Lady (V. annabella).
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