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Painted Lady Collection

Painted Lady Collection

  • By - Aileen London
  • 14 October, 2020

The Painted Lady Candle Collection is inspired by the Painted Lady Butterfly also known as Vanessa Cardui. The painted lady wears splashes and dots of colors on her wings. The adult butterfly's wings are orange and brown on the upper side. The leading edge of the fore wing appears black with a prominent white bar and smaller white spots. The underside of the wings is markedly duller, in shades of brown and gray. When the butterfly sits at rest with wings folded together, four small eye spots are noticeable on the hind wing. Painted ladies reach 5-6 centimetres in width, smaller than some other brush-footed butterflies like the monarchs.

 

The painted lady caterpillars are more difficult to identify, since their appearance changes with each instar. The early instars appear worm-like, with light gray bodies and a darker, bulbous head. As they mature, the larvae develop noticeable spines, with a dark body mottled with white and orange markings. The final instar retains the spines, but has a lighter color. The first few instars live in a silken web on a leaf of the host plant.