Sunday, April 05, 2009

PAINTED LADY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - CRITTERS

Well what kinda lady were you expecting?


I always think this is a funny name for a butterfly. Painted ladies just have so many connotations. You just know someone has googled and ended up with Vanessa cardui (to give the butterfly above her latin name) and not Vanessa, Painted Lady offering... well you get the gist. Anyway where was I? This is the first Painted Lady of the year here. I have seen lots of conservation maps that say this butterfly does not migrate here. Hello! Here's Vanessa. She must be lost then along with the many others we get.


Is it true that in North America this butterfly is referred to sometimes as a Cosmopolitan? I have posted this question before. Lots of websites say this but no one has confirmed it. I'm feeling quite lazy tonight and in need of being a couch potato so I'm going to leave you with a few links all about the Painted Lady.


Uk Butterflies
Wiki
Enchanted learning
Last PL of summer



For other critters of all shapes and sizes check out Misty Dawn's den and Camera Critters which is one year old today. As spring has sprung and the nights are getting lighter and longer expect to see more butterflies, especially painted lady ones. If you see a post for Big Fat Hairy Bikers though that will not be a species of butterfly but the real thing. If you see a post for Big Fat Hairy Bikers and Painted Ladies... you are on a very different blog to this one!


Social Butterflies, not pretty just plain rude.

59 comments:

Gail's Man said...

Nice photo. I always thought a painted lady was a woman that used too much make-up!

Mo said...

Painted lady on purple. Of course. I don't know how you manage to get close to critters without them buzzing off. (well flying in this case).

i beati said...

Lovelier than i coul d imagine

Tanya said...

Beautiful photo...I've not heard of a Cosmopolitan except for in a drink or magazine,lol,...since I'm not a butterfly professional, my guess is a Monarch? But I think those are more rusty in color? We do have this one in your photo here though, would help to know the correct name!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Pretty butterfly, Babooshka. I've never heard them referred to as a cosmopolitan. My kids and I reared some from caterpillars last summer. We enjoyed releasing them once they all emerged from their chrysalids.

Tammy said...

Beautiful shot!

People with Cameras said...

Gorgeous photo!

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: I had several Painted Ladies around the house last year, the same kind. They are a colorful butterfly.

April said...

That's an amazing butterfly - I think 'Cosmopolitan' is the perfect name for them.

Stan said...

I see you sneaked a bit of purple in again. Superb photography.

Oskar said...

Pretty!

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful colors, especially compared to yesterday's post. I don't know anything about butterflies either, but it looks like a Monarch butterfly to me.

gogouci said...

I've never heard of a cosmopolitan butterfly. Doesn't mean it doesn't exist though. Beautiful photo.

Phoebe said...

It is a Painted Lady, you can tell by it's spotting. Cosmopolitan is an old local name in some North American States. I don't believe the name is used today. I'll get back to you. Thanks for the butterfly links.

Arlene said...

They are my favorite type of butterflies to admire because of their interesting designs and colors.

Thank you for sharing.

I hope you can visit my entry today. Happy Sunday and critters anniversary!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful shot of a Painted Lady. I have never heard them refered to as a Cosmo---so there ya go. MB

Per Stromsjo said...

Well, thanks for helping us navigate between different kinds of ladies then.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the header and a beautiful lady it is.

lisasarsfield said...

Beautiful photo Babooshka. A lovely lady indeed.

Wonder Turquette said...

Beautiful macro! An unusual butterfly photo!

Ann said...

Hi from another butterfly lover.

Down Under in New Zealand, we are getting the Monarch Butterflies hatching now. The students love them.

Bibi said...

She's much more attractive than many a painted lady I've seen. I love the purple thistle.

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful lady!! I like the witty posts you always write! Thanks for your visit! Have a great Sunday!

Abe Lincoln said...

We just call them "Painted Lady" here where I live in Ohio.

Sailor Girl said...

Fantastic colours! Mother nature made a great piece of art!!!

(n.b.: Sailor Mum sends you her love)

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Butterflies always mean the spring is just around the corner. They haven't drifted our way yet this year! Can't wait to see one of these "painted ladies."

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful and colorful photo.

Bruce said...

Very beautiful photo!!

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

I love all of your pictures of critters - and I love butterflies! Not moths though....

Well I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's beautiful - as usual :)
Ciao

Scarlet xx

Mariz said...

Lovely photo, the color of the butterfly and the flower matches well - yellow and violet, nice combination.

B Squared said...

Beautiful wherever it should be...

Virginia said...

B,
LOL! No Sin Bin for you today. It's Palm Sunday so try and behave the rest of the day!!! your butterfly is gorgous by the way.
V

Carolina said...

hehehe, looking forward to the hairy bikers, although Vanessa is wonderful too. Lovely colours in that photo, nicely matched with the colour of the post title. Yummy.

magiceye said...

has she just landed?!

Dianne said...

the purple flower is an amazing color to highlight the butterfly

Martha said...

Beautiful photo. I have a similar photo of a monarch butterfly (which is similar to your butterfly) on a purple flower that I just love!

Jim said...

The only name I know is butterfly. I am simple. It is nice, I like the purple also. :-)

ViennaDaily said...

What a lovely creature....your dof made it standout!

marley said...

First butterfly and today I saw the first bumble bee. I guess the seasons really are changing. Lovely colourful photo.

Kaye said...

Beautiful photography.

Gattina said...

A very beautiful picture !

Gattina said...

Real beautiful picture !

Jacob said...

This photo conveys so many things - the colors are splendid...and the butterfly (whatever it's called) is gorgeous but there's a feeling of action, almost like the butterfly is a airplane coming in to land.

Very nice!

Tash said...

LOL - I see you found the best kind of painted lady in action too!
That gives me an idea for abc Wednesday! Thx for a beautiful photo and for the post idea.

Brett said...

great picture as always, glad you liked the wallabies i had been meaning to post them since your's went walk a bout.

Laurie said...

They say she's not supposed to migrate there? Ah... just like a painted lady to go where she's not supposed to go...

Beautiful shot, B. Love it.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Vanessa is a lovely painted lady. I'm amazed that butterflies are flying already...we're supposed to get 6 to 8 inches of snow today. EW!

Halcyon said...

She certainly is a beautiful lady! Wonderful photo.

Kelly said...

You always do these close up shots so beautifully! Love the color!

Marc said...

Wonderful shot. Lovely colours!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

A beautiful painted lady, nice shot.

Mojo said...

I don't know what her given name here in North America would be. Can't really see enough of the pattern to get a fix on it. And it's not like I'd know anyway, not being much of a bug-o-phile.

But she's a pretty old gal your Vanessa.

lisaschaos said...

She is beautiful perched there! :)

Cath said...

Butterflies, to me, are the most delicate and beautiful creatures on the earth.

Grace and Bradley said...

fantastic shot of a beautiful butterfly. Thanks for visiting my blog of my little bird.

m_m said...

Wonderful composition!

Misty Dawn said...

Hehehehehe you crack me up.

I haven't seen any butterflies yet, but I'm really looking forward to when I do. Yours is beautiful (especially since it has my favorite color in the shot).

Dusty Lens said...

Painted Lady? Cosmopolitan? Up here in the far north of north America on the U.S. side, we simply call them butterflies. Original, eh?

Carlos Lorenzo said...

More painted ladies and less fat hairy bikers!, although they have their rights too. I wonder how this one got lost and appeared in your island, maybe she wanted to show off, with all the make-up and the gloss and glitter in front of the rest of local catwalk models.

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