European Painted Lady
(previously known as Cynthia cardui)
NYMPHALINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center)
This Caterpillar is black with branched hairs. It is a popular caterpillar to raise in schools. It has been reported to feed on over 100 plant species, including:
and it is a pest outside Australia on
The adult butterflies have a wing span around 5 cms. They are mottled orange and black, with a small white markings in the black areas, and each hindwing has a blue streak at the tornus.
The undersides are paler but have a similar pattern.
They are a worldwide species, occurring for example in :
The caterpillar is seldom found in Australia. The adults of this species have mainly been found in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 581.
Volume 1, Edition 10 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 475, No. 107.
(updated 1 October 2012, 12 December 2013)