De rerum: an acknowlegement and explanation.
INDEX: Linnaean

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vanessa cardui (II)

The Painted Lady, or Vanessa of the thistle. Previously she was Cynthia of the thistle, used by Fabricius in 1807 as the type species to establish the genus Cynthia, before being assigned to his own genus Vanessa.
I just love the first specimen, up to her neck in the lavender flower.
(See also previous post on Vanessa.)

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