Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)


Another migrant species, abundant in some years from April through to October and scarce in others, but with no evidence of successful overwintering, all the adults flying south in autumn, so that we depend entirely on fresh arrivals each spring.

The caterpillars feed mainly on thistles and the adults are common visitors to Buddleja and other garden flowers. The sexes are similar


Images L-R; upperside; underside; caterpillar


Flight period: April to October


Distribution map:


Painted Lady