Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Cheshire local information

When to see: May-September

Where to see: Anywhere except woodland

Behaviour: Perch

Wingspan: 58-74mm

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.