Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Vanessa
Species: cardui


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Cabot, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
La Grange Park, Illinois
Princeton, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Fayette, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
West Monroe, Louisiana
Skowhegan, Maine
Milton, Massachusetts
Lincoln, Nebraska
Roswell, New Mexico
Craryville, New York
Bowling Green, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Kellyville, Oklahoma
Alexandria, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Fair Play, South Carolina
Yankton, South Dakota
Arlington, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Portland, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Mar 24, 2016, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

Have seen this butterfly in San Diego, but most recent encounter was at a live butterfly exhibit at the Living Desert in Palm Desert.

I happened to be wearing white socks that day, and a Painted Lady landed on one of my socks. I was told by one of the attendants that this butterfly is attracted to white flowers.


On Sep 20, 2008, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

After seeing so many on some rotting fruit I put out, I think I can safely say that they are fruit feasters!


On Jun 28, 2007, alddesigns from Saint Cloud, FL wrote:

One of the most widespread butterflies, found on every continent except Antarctica. Some favorite larval plants are artemesia, thistle, and nettles. These butterflies really seem to enjoy zinnias, marigolds, and coneflowers!

They have such beautiful outer wings that look completely different from the inner. The outer wings are subtle, with browns and a hint of bright coral. The inner wings remind me of calico fabric. These butterflies seem a little shy about being photographed, but did get used to me after awhile.