Vanessa cardui - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, August 2002
Vanessa cardui Adult


© Robin Howard

Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)

Painted Lady
La Belle-Dame

Wingspan: 27-34mm

Imago: A migrant, plurivoltine species on the wing from March to the end of October. Preferring open habitats to 2500m it is a relatively common species at Las Descargues, the ridge and on the Causse and frequently turns up at light.

Larva: Feeds on Carlina, Cirsium, Echium, Plantago lanceolata, Malva spp.