Painted lady

This quite large butterfly is a long traveler (Vanessa (Cynthia) cardui). It migrates from north Africa and the Sahara all the way to north Europe and Sweden. In Swedish it is called “tistelfjäril”, translates to thistle butterfly. This is where I found it, in the flowering thistles where it lays its larvae. There are several subspecies and can be found on all continents except South America and Antartica.

Ha de Gött!


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  1. I remember reading about these creatures and their travels. They are amazing little things Ulle.

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  2. Incredible. Talk about life and motion and the amazing life of animals! And Iove the Swedish name. Clearly appropriate too.

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  3. Beautiful butterfly that migrates over big distances, just like the Atalanta.

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