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18-AUG-2010 Christine Hanrahan

Painted lady (Vanessa cardui) on Comfrey

This is only the second Painted lady butterfly I have seen in Ottawa this year. They are never as common as the American lady butterfly, at least in my experience. This was a bit worn and appeared to be entirely focused on finding nectar. I watched it go from Canada thistle, to this comfrey, to New England Aster, exploring all the flowers on each plant cluster.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/320s f/5.7 at 100.0mm iso100 full exif

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