Friday, 3 February 2017

248. Vanessa cardui cardui (The Painted Lady)

Number: 248
Family: Nymphaliidae
Sub-Family: Nymphaliinae
Species: Vanessa cardui cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common name(s): The Painted Lady, The Cosmopolitan
Photography location: Tam Đường District (Lai Chau Prov.)

V. cardui is one of the most widespread of all butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica (where no butterflies occur) .
Despite its incredible range, V. cardui is monotypic, i.e. there are not recognized subspecies. This probably reflects the fact that it is strongly migratory, a behavior that acts to inhibit localized population differentiation.
V. cardui is recorded in the North and central Vietnam (to Lam Dong Prov.) (Monastyrskii & Devyatkin, 2016).

 Vanessa cardui feeding on Crassocephalum rubens, Lai Chau Prov., January 2017

Same specimen

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