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Painted Ladies (Vanessa cardui)
This species is found on all the major continents in the world. But being widespread doesn't make it common: in North Carolina, for instance, they are absent most or all of any given year. In early fall 2003 they made a brief migration through North Carolina, and are apparently coming through here again in late August 2005.
|Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) showed up in the North Carolina Aquarium flower garden at Fort Fisher, New Hanover County, on 10/12/03. It's a little wrinkled, suggesting it's fresh out of the chrysalis.||Durham, 10/2/03, dorsal view.||Same butterfly, ventral view.||NC Zoo Butterfly Garden, Asheboro, Randolph County, NC, 10/31/04.||Durham, NC, 9/30/03.||Durham, 8/20/05|
|Durham, 9/6/05.||Also Durham, 9/6/05, but farther down the road. You can see significant wing pattern differences.||Painted Lady, Duke Gardens, 9/17/05|