Vanessa carduii (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status: Common to abundant breeding migrant
NENHP Ranking: Not listed
Range: The Painted Lady annually colonizes most of the United States and southern Canada with migrants from their year round range in southern climes. It is found throughout the state.
Broods/Flight Times: Nebraska records are from Mid-March to mid-November
Larval Hostplant(s): Numerous plants including thistles, mallows and legumes
Habitat: Found almost anywhere
Overwintering: As adults where mild winters permit. Not in our area.
Similar Species: American Painted Lady has two large eyespots on the ventral hind wing in contrast with the four smaller ones on this species.