Painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui on flower of Buddleia davidii - Stock …
Painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui on flower of Buddleia davidii - Stock …
Painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui on flower of Buddleia davidii - Stock Image  …

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Description
Painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui. Medium shot, butterfly in rear view. The purple panicles of buddleia flowers attract all the large British butterflies. In this case, a painted lady has settled down to feed for a few minutes. The orange colour with white-spotted black wingtips make the painted lady butterfly easy to identify. Merton, Surrey, England.

Buddleia is known as the butterfly bush, probably because a large butterfly such as this one will stay for a couple of minutes on a single purple panicle. Each little flower is a separate 'honeypot' of nectar, so the butterfly does not have to fly to its next meal. It only needs to walk.

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