One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A butterfly of a group that includes many of the better-known kinds found in temperate regions.
Subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae (formerly the family Vanessidae)Compare with nymphalid
- ‘There was another dark vanessid that could not be identified.’
- ‘Many people also fail to realise that this is a long distance migrant, and as with other vanessids such as Painted Lady and Red Admiral, occurs in varying numbers each year from southern Europe.’
- ‘Butterflies spotted so far include common blue, small white, small copper, brimstone, orange tip, wall brown, small skipper and various vanessids that have come out of winter hibernation.’
- ‘If you have red sedums in the garden, you'll not find white butterflies on them - they do attract the vanessids.’
- ‘The presence of large numbers of vanessids in August is a regular attraction.’
Early 20th century: from modern Latin Vanessidae, from Vanessa (female given name adopted as a genus name).
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