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PICTURE: Seen on the car park at South Landing, Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, August 2009.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is migrant to the British Isles and is very common some years, and other years scarce, or even absent. By late August to early September, after breeding through the summer, they can be very abundant. The range of these butterflies can be as far as the northern Scottish Isles. The adult butterflies have a wingspan of 58mm to 70mm.

 

WING SPAN: 58mm to 74mm.                                   STATUS: Resident and migrant        

FLIGHT PERIOD: This butterfly is at the least double brooded in Britain, and some years can be seen on the wing well into October.

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars feed in a tent like structure spun from silk, and when mature out in the open.. The pupa is found suspended upside down from the undergrowth near to its food plant.

 

HABITAT: Habitats are virtually and open dry sunny area's where thistles are present. The Painted Lady is usually a quite easy butterfly to approach, especially when feeding.

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants include  various species of Thistles, Burdock, Vipers Bugloss, Common Stinging Nettles, and in the past has been reported on Runner Beans?                                         

SIMILAR SPECIES: None.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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