Painted Lady Butterfly; Vanessa cardui

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Painted Lady   Vanessa cardui

Host plants include thistle, hollyhock, okra, and plantain.
Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly wing scales, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady top view
Painted Lady side view
Painted Lady wing scales
Painted Lady butterfly laying an egg, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly eggs, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly eggs and caterpillars hatching, Vanessa cardui
Laying an egg on hollyhock
Eggs laid on plantain.
Painted Lady eggs; dark eggs
are soon to hatch.
Painted Lady butterfly egg close view, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillar hatchling, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars, freshly hatched, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady egg
Painted Lady hatching
Painted Lady hatchling
caterpillars on hollyhock
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillar molting, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillar color varieations, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillar nest, Vanessa cardui
A caterpillar freshly molted.
Blond and dark caterpillars
Painted Lady caterpillars
with its silk 'nest'.
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars, Vanessa cardui, safely growing in containers
Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars in a zippered rearing container, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady butterfly pupa or chrysalis, deformed, Vanessa cardui
Painted Lady caterpillars
eating artificial diet
Painted Lady caterpillars pupating
in a screen rearing container.
Chrysalises; left - deformed
from lack of space to pupate.
Painted Lady butterfly chrysalises or pupae, not cocoon, Vanessa cardui
The day before the butterfly emerges, its wings show through the chrysalis skin.