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About the Editor of Learn

I am a teacher and have been raising butterflies for a number of years. Any errors I make are my own and I do my best to include the most up-to-date information available based on my own experience as well as data collected from scientific experts.

Painted Ladies are just one of the many species that I raise in the bathroom of my home. My interest in this particular species arose from having purchased a kit from Insectlore, probably as many others have! I became interested in ways that I would be able to increase their numbers and raise healthy butterflies. Feeding the artificial diet was something I found, based on personal experience, to be one way that the longevity of the butterflies was limited. I also found that the actual size of the adult was smaller and there were fewer that actually made it to adulthood when fed the artificial diet. This is all based on my own experiences and may not necessarily reflect what is found in documentation from the food companies. Since then, I have always fed my Vanessa cardui larvae an organic diet even if I receive the larvae that have already been started on the artificial diet.

I teach butterfly science courses for teachers and students, incorporating a number of species into my presentations. Although I am not a scientist, I try to impart my personal experiences and information learned to help others as they raise not only Painted Ladies but other butterfly species as well.

The environmental impact that butterflies have is tremendous. Through education, we can make a difference. I hope that my website proves to be helpful in spreading information that will help share the love of butterflies to all and to raise an awareness of the importance of pollinators in our world.


For information about other species, check out My Butterfly Guide.




For information about Monarchs, please visit Learn about Monarchs.

Use of Photos & Content

The photos and content found in Learn about Painted Ladies are 2010 by Sherry Skipper Spurgeon, all rights reserved, and are protected under the Fair Use Act.

Permission is granted to use photos and content for personal and educational purposes only.

For all other uses, please send me an email with your request.

Regarding the cameras used: the vast majority of the photos were taken with a Canon 40D digital SLR using a macro lens.

Some were taken with a Canon 20D digital SLR and a few were with a Nikon 990 point-and-shoot.

2010 Learn about Painted Lady butterflies

Sherry Skipper Spurgeon

2010 Learn about Painted Ladies
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