Vanessa [Cynthia] cardui (Linnaeus 1758) (Family Nymphalidae)


Ovipositing on Cirsium arvense

Larva on Cirsium arvense

Forewing Length: 27-34mm, Wingspan: 45-60mm; Proboscis Length: 13-15mm
Egg Larva Pupa Adult
? May - September
(Earliest: 29.6)
(Winter) April - October
(Earliest: 4.5)
(2 Generations)
(Migratory)

Biotopes:
Meadows

Hedge Rows

Wet Meadows
Principal Food:
(Larva)
(Polyphagous)

Cirsium

Urtica dioica
Other Food:
(Larva)
(Polyphagous)

Several Other Asteraceae

Plantago lanceolata

Medicago sativa

Malva moschata

Fragaria vesca

Chenopodium album

Echium vulgare
Possible Food:
(Larva)
(Polyphagous)

Prunus

Tanacetum

Trifolium

Rumex

Mentha
Food:
(Adult)

Several Asteraceae Nectar

Polygonum bistorta Nectar

Trifolium pratense Nectar

Vicia cracca Nectar

Ranunculus repens Nectar

Galeopsis tetrahit Nectar

Rubus fruticosus Nectar

Calluna vulgaris Nectar
Parasitoids:
Hyposoter didymator Larva

Several Braconidae Larvae

Phryxe vulgaris Larva
Other Possible Parasitoids:
Several Ichneumonidae Larvae

Several Braconidae Larvae

Lepidoptera of Belgium: Vanessa cardui
UK Butterflies Painted Lady
Nature Spot: Painted Lady - Vanessa cardui
Lepidoptera and Their Ecology: Vanessa cardui
Lepiforum: Vanessa cardui


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