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thistle butterfly

noun
1.
any nymphalid butterfly of the genus Vanessa, as the red admiral or painted lady.
Origin of thistle butterfly
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • Consequently the thistle butterfly has long been recognized as the most cosmopolitan species of its group.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed

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