Brushfoots: Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady Sightings
Size: Wingspan ranges from 2" - 2.88"
Habitat: Fields, meadows, open areas
Occurrence Level: Common wanderer
Flight Period: Late April, June to September
Larval Host Plant: Thistles, mallows, composites

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Painted Lady
Dorchester County, MD. August 2, 2012

Ventral view. The hindwing has four smaller eye spots. In contrast, the American Lady has two large eye spots.

Painted Lady
Howard County, MD. June 23, 2012

The Painted Lady has much thicker and more pronounced black forewing median bands than the American Lady. These bands are usually connected.

Painted Lady
Kent County, MD. August 24, 2013