Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Cheshire local information
When to see: May-September
Where to see: Anywhere except woodland
Caterpillar food plant: Thistle (Cirsium spp.)
Cheshire status: An annual immigrant, sometimes in small numbers, although 1996 produced a massive influx. Breeds in a range of habitats, especially where thistle grow in abundance. Peak numbers occur at any time between late July and early September.