A visitor in my backyard

Gili Orr

Haarlem, Netherlands

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The Painted Lady group of colourful butterflies comprises the subgenus Cynthia of the genus Vanessa in the Family Nymphalidae. They are well known throughout most of the world.

The group includes:
The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui(, which is almost global in its distribution (the one in the photo probably belongs here)
Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)
American (Painted) Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella).

Distinguishing features
In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5—9–cm (2—2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some. (Wikipedia)

Photo taken in our garden, Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS.

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