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Attract Painted Lady butterflies with lupine


Last updated 2/3/2021 at 5:26pm


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The Painted Lady has colorful wings and large eyespots on the outside of its wings that scare away predators.

FALLBROOK – The Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui, is the most widespread butterfly on the planet, occupying all continents except Australia and Antarctica. Its name means "Butterfly of Thistle" and its global abundance is most likely due to its larvae feeding on such a wide variety of plants. The Painted Lady feeds on over three hundred different host plants.

The Painted Lady is one of the types of butterflies that does not follow a seasonal migration pattern; some scientific evidence points to the migration being affected by the patterns of the El Niño, but for the most part, these butterf...

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