P is for a Painted Lady!

A Painted Lady Butterfly, that is! Vanessa cardui butterflies are widespread in Egypt, occurring in any areas with flowers – even in my desert garden in Sinai.

To learn more about these beautiful critters, check out Butterflies of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing, & Conservation by Francis Gilbert and Samy Zalat.  Prepared for the Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), this publication is available as a free PDF download. (The file is nearly 20 MB so it may take some time to download.) It’s a fantastic resource for nature enthusiasts!!