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Painted Lady Butterfly

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 27, Jun 2021
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  • Painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) can make 12,000 to 14,000 kilometre round trips.
  • This is the longest annual insect migration circuit so far known.
  • Found in sub-Saharan Africa, the butterfly is able to travel to Europe, crossing the Sahara Desert when weather conditions are favourable. 
  • The caterpillars thrive in wetter winter conditions of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A painted lady may have enough body fat to sustain 40 hours of non-stop flying.