Readers volunteer photos to SkopelosARTS from time to time and we are thankful.The photo above was one of a set of 3 or 4 sent by CV from wild Agios Iannis Skliri.
According to the book, “A Field Guide to the Insects and Spiders of Skopelos” the butterfly in question is indeed a “Painted Lady” (Vanessa cardui). This beauty is both an Old World and a New World butterfly which also shows up in Australia.
It is one of the most widespread of all butterflies. In North America it’s called “Cosmopolitan”.