painted lady


noun

a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish-black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots, the larvae of which feed on thistles.

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Origin of painted lady

First recorded in 1745–55
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British Dictionary definitions for painted lady

painted lady

noun

a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings
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