Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Aug 6, 2019: Painted Lady

Painted Ladies have exploded across the landscape.  Although they are one of more common species found at the Park, I observed hundreds to thousands this Sunday in southern Story County and northern Polk County.  Apparently their caterpillars, know as "Thistle Caterpillars" are causing problems in soybean fields.  This Painted lady has landed on a Cup Plant. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 7/30/19)

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