Use our online form.

Use our online form.
Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire - Branch Logo featuring the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly.Butterfly Conservation.

Butterflies - Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Adults can be seen in the UK in any month of the year but the peak usually follows the main migration into the UK around June. These immigrants breed in the UK and the resulting fresh (Salmon Pink) individuals can be seen on the wing from early July.

  • Larval Food Plants
  • Habitat
  • Status
  • Key Sites
  • Links
  • Photographs

Thistles (Cirsium spp.)
Thistles (Carduus spp.)
Mallows (Malva spp.)
Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)

The Painted Lady may be seen in any habitat although they do tend to congregate in open sunny areas where there are plenty of Thistles which provide food for both adults and larvae.

Migrant in Warwickshire.

Can be seen anywhere in the region, especially places where the larval food plant occurs in abundance or their is a good nectar source.

Find out more about the Painted Lady online at the following links;

Flight Chart
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Painted Lady butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.

Painted Lady Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Painted Lady - 2011 records / distribution. Painted Lady - 2010 records / distribution. Painted Lady - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Painted LadyPainted Lady © Steven Cheshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Painted Lady submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

20/05/2018 Grendon/Fenny Compton

15/03/2017 Packwood

27/05/2016 Radford Semele canal

25/05/2015 Pillerton Priors / Ashlawn Cutting

15/04/2014 Priory Fields NR

01/05/2013 Nunley Farm

29/05/2012 Nr Brandon Wood

14/04/2011 Ryton Wood Meadows BC Reserve

03/06/2010 Ryton Wood Meadows

03/04/2009 Garden - B34 6AH

28/04/2008 Kingsbury Water Park

26/05/2007 North Warwicks Golf Club, Meriden

Other Species

Please select an alternative species from the list below.