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Common Name:Butterfly, Painted Lady
Scientific Name:Cynthia cardui
Family:Nymphalidae (Bushfoots)
Area:Buckskin Mountain State Park, Arizona
Date:November 16, 2012

Painted Ladies belong to the genus that was formerly known as Vanessa. They have a wingspan of two inches or less. The lower photo is the same butterfly with its wings closed.

San Andreas Oasis, California - - - March 14, 2005

Reference:Butterflies through Binoculars by Glassberg / National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects & Spiders by Milne