Painted Lady butterflies are found in every continent except Antarctica. They can also found in every county of Washington and Oregon.
W Boundary Road, Klamath County, Oregon
42.8705, -121.84775 At Boundary Road where Sand Creek crosses there is a large puddle, with many species of butterflies.
July 9, 2023
Sparks Lake, Deschutes County, Oregon
44.02537, -121.72817 Wildflower meadow along Sandy Creek at the north end of Sparks lake.
July 10, 2023
I’m always happy when I can get both Dorsal and Ventral shots of a butterfly, and I’m thrilled I was able to get both views of the Painted Ladies at both locations.
- Easiest way to distinguish a Painted Lady from a West Coast Lady is by the white rectangular patch in apex area of forewing, which is orange in V. annabella.
- Start looking for V. cardui in early Spring, March onward.
I have seen Painted Ladies in multiple locations:
See V. cardui in China.
See V. cardui in Texas.