Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

The Painted Lady is one of the most widespread butterflies, except Australia, South America and Antarctica, and can be spotted usually in warmer areas but migrates North in Spring. Migration patterns are erratic, so that the species doesn’t appear abundantly every year in the Montreal area.

How To Identify

To identify this species, a ventral view is necessary as the series of smaller spots on the hindwing is a distinguishable characteristics if compared with similar species like the American Lady..

Where and When to Spot

They appear in waves, passing through an area on their migratory pathways, but not regularly every year. I observed them in autumn 2017 in Rapids Park Lachine. You may want to subscribe to our Facebook page. I will notify when I see them.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    NIKON D500
    90.0 mm f/2.8

    Focal Length 90mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 720

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    NIKON D500
    150-600mm f/5-6.3

    Focal Length 600mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1250s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 900

Taxonomy

Lepidoptera
Nymphalidae
Vanessa cardui