Vanessa cardui (Painted Lady, Distelfalter, La Belle Dame)
Vanessa cardui, also called Painted Lady or Distelfalter is a common . The first description was in 1758 by Linnaeus. With a wingspan of 5.0– 6.5 cm the Painted Lady is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is brown and has black and white spots. The Painted Lady is a migrant butterfly with a nearly worldwide distribution.
The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is from Palaearctic (Europe and Asia), Nearctic (North America), Afrotropic (Africa) and Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia), but you can find the whole article at Palaearctic (Europe).