Vanessa cardui

Common Names: Cosmopolitan, painted lady
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Butterflies

A well-known colourful butterfly. This butterfly has a strange pattern of flying in a sort of screw shape. Upperside is orange-brown with darker wing bases; forewing with black apex patch and white bar on leading edge; hindwing submarginal row of 5 small black spots sometimes has blue scales. Underside has a black, brown, and gray pattern with 4 small submarginal eyespots.

Found almost everywhere, including open or disturbed places, butterfly gardens, and near thistle, aster and joe-pye weed plants.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.