The Cynthia Group Of Painted Ladies!

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I never knew my mom named me after painted ladies. But, she also never told me until very recently that my great-grandmother was a Roma (gypsy) and my grandmother was half Polish…. It’s amazing the stuff your parents never tell you until they get older….
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Anyhoo, I digress, here is a painted lady, scientific name Vanessa Virginiensis, part of the Cynthia group on our statice or sea-lavender plants. Someone took a bite out of this Cynthia’s wing.

Initially I thought this was a moth because of the kinda-creepy looking proboscis, but nope, it’s apparently a Cynthia. And nope, don’t ask, my nose is only a little big…….and no, I’m pretty sure this is not why my mom named me Cynthia. Although lately I’m learning a lot from her that is surprising. So, I can’t be too sure on this one…..
These butterflies usually live in mountains, in the warmer parts of the US. They also live in Madeira and The Canary Islands, and of course, The Holler, which is mountainous all the time, but only warm sometimes.

Before this very post I thought I was the only Cynthia living at The Holler…..but no, there’s a bunch of Cynthia’s and Vanessa’s living here too. My husband thought this was funny until I told him not to be too smug. He may think he’s the only James living at The Holler, but et tu Brute……..
This is important. You bloggers need to help me with this. Does anyone know of any bug named James??? Don’t worry if it’s not native, I’m not above planting one here…….it’s for an important cause after all….
Cheers, from all of the Cynthia’s…… (and hopefully Jame’s) at The Holler.

65 thoughts on “The Cynthia Group Of Painted Ladies!

  1. Hi Cindy (Cynthia), Never heard this name for butterflies but they resemble some I see around here in the summer. Really stunning photos, Cuz. The color is just awsome. Ya done good !!!

  2. No I didn’t find a bug named James.They of course mentioned,Roald Dahl’s book ,”James and the Giant peach. How silly.I gave up.When someone finds one ,I’d be happy to know. You have close connection with butter flies.While my name ‘Chaman’ means a garden.Isn’t it interesting?

    1. Genius! Genius! Genius!! I love blogging!!! What could be a better et tu Brute than a fly??? And a stonefly to top it!! Hugs & a million thanks. You are a true gem you!!! I will do a post on this and credit you along with the lizard survey results!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  3. Hallo Cindy das sind ja berauschende schΓΆne Fotos bin total egeistert richtig wundervoll, freue mich schon auf die neuen tollen Fotos die du von deiner Reise mitbringst danke dir fΓΌr diese schΓΆnen Bilder Klaus

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