|Painted Lady at the archaeological site of Messine in Greece, early autumn 2010|
|Messine: part of the site, with its olive and lime trees|
You can watch an amazing life cycle video of the Painted Lady here. Like other butterflies, they belong to the class of Lapidoptera: lepidos means 'scales' and ptera means 'wing' in Greek as the wings are made up of scales.
|I love the unfurling plants|
Painted Ladies have a row of four 'eye spots' on the outside of each wing, plus a smaller dot. You can just about make out these eye spots in my photo below. The American Painted Lady has two large eye spots and the West Coast Lady does not have any at all.
|A change from thistle nectar, which is often a favourite foodstuff|
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