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..
We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.
Where & 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.
With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.
References & Links
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Painted Lady [en]
Vanesa de los cardos [es]
Belle-Dame, Vanesse des chardons [fr]
painted lady, butterflies, vanessa, vanessa cardui, brush-footed