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
- Key Sites
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.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Painted Lady is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
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.