Painted Lady

Name: Painted Lady

Scientific name: Vanessa cardui

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly large orange, black and white butterfly with a wingspan of about 7cm. The Painted Lady is a migrant to the UK from North Africa and southern Europe during the summer, sometimes, such as in 2009, in enormous numbers. A frequent visitor to gardens where they feed on buddleia and other flowers. The caterpillars feed on thistles.

How to identify: May be confused with Red Admiral or Small Tortoiseshell. The pale orange colour, with black wing tips spotted with white is characteristic.

Where: Found right across the country.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 70
  • Traveller: 90

Fantastic fact: Painted Lady is one of the most widespread species of butterfly, found right across the northern hemisphere.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/

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  • Otteratas
    • Date: 2018-01-04 14:44:02
    • Otteratas

    hi again i got one of those butterfly kit things i commented about earlier! so excited!

  • Otteratas
    • Date: 2017-06-06 19:49:07
    • Otteratas

    my friend had a cylinder thing made out of netting that has painted lady chrysalises in and so she could watch them come out of there chrysalises!!! :)