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59.024 [B&F: 1591] Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) (Linnaeus, 1758)


Common immigrant from mainland Europe and Fennoscandia, appearing throughout the British Isles, in most years arriving in sufficient numbers to breed; huge numbers arrived in a massive influx of this species in 2009. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight abundant in some years, quite uncommon in others. Wingspan 64-70 mm. Very similar to American Painted Lady, but underside of hindwing has row of many small spots, two large spots in American Painted Lady. Larva feeds on Thistle, unable to over-winter in significant numbers.

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Phenology - Adult Records

Max records: 1706
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Phenology - Larval Records

Max records: 5
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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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