Montana Public Radio

Painted Lady Butterflies

Sep 27, 2013

"Fieldnotes," September 29th & 30th, 2013: "Painted Lady Butterflies," by Byron Weber / Caroline Kurtz.

"I first knew something was different when one of my students rushed in from recess last May and told me of all the butterflies she had seen on the playground. Later, a teacher friend reported hundreds of butterflies flying north past her home. When I got home, I grabbed my insect net and raced to a pasture covered with dandelions. The field was dancing with medium-sized butterflies, all orange with black wingtips."

Vanessa cardui, or Painted Lady.