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thistle butterfly

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See painted lady.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a handsomely colored American butterfly (Vanessa cardui) whose larva feeds upon thistles; -- called also painted lady.

Etymologies

So called because its larvae eat thistles.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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