The Painted Lady favors open, sunny areas,
like open fields, meadows, parks and your gardens.
During the afternoon, males perch on hilltops or on low vegetation if there are no hills. Females lay eggs singly on the top of host plant leaves.
They also gather at watering holes (wet areas) to suck up a good drink of water.
Caterpillars are solitary, living and feeding in a nest of leaves tied with silk.
Unlike its cousin the Cosmopolitan, this butterfly is only occasionally migratory.
There are three to four broods from May-November, all year in the Deep South and South Texas. It is not known if adults can survive very cold winters; the East may have to be recolonized each year by southern migrants.
Host plants and larvae:
The Painted Lady Larvae feed on various plants in the sunflower family everlasting, pearly everlasting, plantain-leaved pussy toes, wormwood, ironweed), and burdock.
The larvae is black with yellow cross bands and a row of white spots on the sides.
Marigolds (Tagetes), goldenrod (Solidago), aster (Aster), butterfly bush, (Buddleia davidii) and a host of other nectar rich blooms.
Plant several of these in your gardens to attract various butterflies.
Resident in the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America south to Colombia.
Migrates to and temporarily colonizes the northern United States, southern Canada, the West Indies, and Europe. Rare stray to Newfoundland and Labrador.
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