The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is having a really good year this year. This Iowa native species is a regular on the landscape but this year their high populations are making people take note of them. It is not uncommon for a species of butterfly to have high and low populations depending on a variety of conditions. Keep an eye out for the Painted Lady as their numbers will only continue to grow as we go into the fall season.
Butterfly Of The Day
Pearl Charaxes Charaxes varanes
Fact Of The Day
There are currently 5 of the Pearl Charaxes in the Wing right now, and 959 pupae have been received for this butterfly since we opened