The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a well-known and widespread colorful butterfly found all over the world. It belong to family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies or four-footed butterflies). It’s a medium size butterfly having a wing-span of about 55-60 mm. The Painted Lady is also known as the "Thistle Butterfly" because of its strong liking for thistles. The Painted Lady has a pointed forewing which bears a distinct white bar. The hindwing has a submarginal row of 5 tiny black dots. The upperside of the freshly emerged butterfly is orange with rose-like overtones. The underside is a mottled gray, brown, black and blue.
Painted Lady Butterfly Pictures