Vanessa kershawi

Vanessa kershawi

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(Australian Painted Lady, Blue-spotted Painted Lady)

FAMILY

Nymphalidae

Species

Vanessa kershawi

Common name(s)

Australian Painted Lady, Blue-spotted Painted Lady

Main colour(s)

Black

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 43/47 mm

Campus

Townsville

Description

The larvae of this species feeds mainly on species of the daisy family (Asteraceae) particularly Chrysocephalum sp. Mature larvae body colour varies from brown to greenish, each segment with several spines; head brown or black with numerous hairs. Adult is black with pinkish-orange markings with white spots on the fore wing and some black spots with blue centres on the hind wing.