Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Upperside
Upperside
Underside
Underside
The egg is laid singly on upper surface of leaf
The egg is laid singly on upper surface of leaf
Larva lives inside silken tent. Here it is looking for fresh leaves to sew together. Looks very similar to a Red Admiral larva
Larva lives inside silken tent. Here it is looking for fresh leaves to sew together. Looks very similar to a Red Admiral larva
A freshly formed pupa
A freshly formed pupa
The same pupa the night before it emerged
The same pupa the night before it emerged
 
Information

NERC Act S41: Not listed
Local status: A migrant, arriving directly from North Africa and the Middle East. Continental offspring may arrive later. Numbers vary each year. In 2009 large numbers passed through Bedfordshire on their way north.
It breeds here but does not overwinter.
Size: Large.
Larval foodplant: Mainly Thistles, but Common Nettle, Mallows and Viper's-bugloss may also be used.
No. of broods: Continuously brooded in North Africa and the Middle East. One or more broods occur here. (Home-bred individuals can fly in as little as a month from being an egg).
Flight time(s): Immigrants begin to arrive late May and may occur throughout the summer. Home-bred broods fly in July and August when numbers peak.
Winter: Emigration occurs in the autumn, but at a high altitude so not witnessed. Few, if any, survive in any life-stage in the UK.
Habits: Fast and powerful fliers. Adults feed voraciously on many nectar sources.
Habitats: Anywhere nectar and larval foodplants may be found.
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