Painted Lady

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From my backyard garden in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly feeding on the nectar of Verbena bonariensis. Vanessa cardui, also known as the Cosmopolitan Butterfly, is the most widely distributed butterfly in the world. Amazingly, in Minnesota these stunning insects migrate, over several generations, to and from the deserts of Northern Mexico which is a 2600 mile round trip.