Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui – Master Gardener Program - adult painted lady

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Life Cycle of a Painted Lady Butterfly | Sciencing adult painted lady


The aptly named painted lady wears splashes and dots of colors on her wings. The adult butterfly's wings are orange and brown on the upper.

The four stages of a painted lady butterfly life cycle are the egg-laying stage, the larval stage, the pupal or chrysalis stage and the adult butterfly stage.

Adult Food: The Painted Lady prefers nectar from composites feet high, especially thistles; also aster, cosmos, blazing star, ironweed, and joe-pye weed.