Painted Lady

  • one of the most widespread of all butterflies
  • found on every continent except Antarctica
  • occurs in any temperate zone, including mountains in the tropics
  • resident only in warmer areas
  • migrates in spring, and autumn
  • caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants
  • adults drink nectar from a variety of wildflowers and cultivars (thistle, butterfly bush, asters, and sunflowers and zinnias)