The painted lady butterfly (Vanessa ssp.) is wildly distributed across most of the world, with the exception of South America. It can often be seen in gardens and parks, feeding from cultivated flowers. The painted lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5–9–cm (2–2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The American Lady Butterfly’s (Vanessa virginiensis) hindwings carry 2 eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides while the related species Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui) has 4. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.
The painted lady butter that I collected last weekend is an American Painted Lady rather than Painted Lady because it has two eye marks rather than four eye marks on the hingwing.
Photos are taken with Tuscen 3.0 MP CMOS microscope camera through the eyepiece of Ample Scientific SM Plus Stereo Microscope. The amplificion is either 20 x or 40x.