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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)




Caterpillar HostplantsAn incredibly wide range of host plants from many different families. ASTERACEAE: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), Western Sagewort (Artemisia campestris), Mexican Sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana), Musk-Thistle (Carduus nutans), Basket-Flower (Centaurea sp.), Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum), Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum), Wavy-Leaf Thistle (Cirsium undulatum), Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), Milk-Thistle (Silybum marianum).BORAGINACEAE: Borage (Borago officinalis), Blueweed (Echium vulgare). CHENOPODIACEAE: Beet (Beta vulgaris), Lamb's Quarters (Chenopodium album).FABACEAE: Soy Bean (Glycine max). MALVACEAE: Hollyhock (Alcea rosea), Common Mallow (Malva neglecta), Little Mallow (Malva parviflora), Running Mallow (Malva rotundifolia), High Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Globe-Mallow (Sphaeralcea sp.).PLANTAGINACEAE: English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata), Dooryard Plantain (Plantago major).URTICACEAE: Nettle (Urtica sp.).
Area Sighting
Throughout the Metroplex.
Seasonal Flight Data
General NotesFamous for its mass movements and migrations, this butterfly is sometimes extremely common and other years a rare sight.

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