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painted lady

a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish-black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots, the larvae of which feed on thistles.
Origin of painted lady
1745-55 Unabridged
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  • There was the painted lady, fighting off age with cosmetics and sincere emotions with bitterness.
  • It is recommended for rearing painted lady butterflies.
  • False-Some butterflies, such as the monarch and painted lady, also migrate south in the winter.
  • There were tiger swallowtail, painted lady and mourning cloak butterflies.
British Dictionary definitions for painted lady

painted lady

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