Painted Lady and American Lady Butterflies

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The discerning eye can pick out the intricate forms of colors found on the wings of the butterfly and not confuse it with the very similar butterfly.

Painted Lady, enjoying Buddelia.

American Lady, feeding on spring lilac ‘Miss Kim’.

Painted Ladies on Buddelia.

Painted Lady on native Ironweed.

Note the Painted Lady (above) has smaller eyes on the hindwing whereas the American Lady (below) has only two larger eyes on its hindwing.

There are many other differences too. Studying butterflies can surely enrich the way one learns to see.

Carol Duke

Carol Duke

Carol Duke is an artist and farmer who has worked with the land on a Western Massachusetts hillside for over thirty years. During this time her land has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Carol features the flora and fauna that live and visit her farm on her website and blog http://caroldukeflowers.com As vital wildlife habitats are destroyed daily, Carol hopes to inspire others to garden for wildlife, while becoming activists for wild places the world over. Her nature photography has appeared in magazines, books and newspapers.

Carol Duke

Carol Duke

Carol Duke is an artist and farmer who has worked with the land on a Western Massachusetts hillside for over thirty years. During this time her land has evolved into a diverse wildlife habitat. Carol features the flora and fauna that live and visit her farm on her website and blog http://caroldukeflowers.com As vital wildlife habitats are destroyed daily, Carol hopes to inspire others to garden for wildlife, while becoming activists for wild places the world over. Her nature photography has appeared in magazines, books and newspapers.

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Steven Scott

Great post…..I’ll be more observant the next time I see a Painted Lady!

Carol Duke
Carol Duke

Thank You Maria!

MARIA SABOYA
MARIA SABOYA

Lovely, Carol. Thank you very much.
Maria