For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)

The Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui) is cosmopolitan and found on every continent where they migrate vast distances.

In South Africa, they are found throughout the year and in all regions except the desert.
 They are rapid fliers and defend their areas.

 The females are not as colourful as they males.

It is a medium sized butterfly and its life cycle is about 3 weeks in length.

It lays a bright green oval egg and the caterpillar feed on a wide variety of vegetation including thistles, malva, nettles and sunflowers.