Painted Lady

Vanessa carduii (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

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

Found at:

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.


Common Name, Location, Photographer
Painted Lady – dorsal
Painted Lady – side view

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