American Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis).....nest in Cudweed.

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Cudweed (Gnaphalium spp.) Asteraceae

I have left Cudweed in my yard for several years since discovering American Lady Butterfly caterpillars feeding on them. Already I have found four such nests this year and seen the butterfly depositing eggs on the weed.

I have posted an image of a caterpillar building its metamorphosis abode along with a picture of a butterfly in my Flickr post.....
Native Butterfly Garden Plant Photograph by Carolyn Hietala
Image taken in Richmond, Virginia - Chesterfield County backyard
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