While outside, enjoying the beautiful weather yesterday in my area around Atlanta, Georgia, I pleasantly observed three Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterflies flying about the yard. I was able to photograph one of them by getting a few feet away from it, and not scaring it away. One of the butterfly’s hind wings was damaged – as seen in the above photo – but that did not appear to hinder its flying abilities. The temperature in my area was 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was a balmy fall afternoon. I’d say the day was quite enjoyable for the butterflies, too!