Species Page: Painted Lady (Vanessa carduii)

Painted Lady

Vanessa carduii (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Abundant migrant

NENHP Rank: 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.

Larval Hostplant(s): Numerous plants including thistles, mallows and legumes.

Broods/Flight Times: Nebraska records are from Mid-March to mid-November.

Overwintering: As adults where mild winters permit. Not in our area.

Habitat: Found almost anywhere.

Avg. Wingspan: 2 – 2 7/8 inches

Found at:

Similar Species: West Coast and American Ladies.

Notes: Found in all 93 Nebraska counties.

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