59.024 .... B&F 1591
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....Occurs purely as a migrant here in varying numbers, with occasional Spring influxes of enormous proportions and involving millions of individual Painted Ladies. There have been two such invasions in the past few years, with many remembering the first of these back in 1996. It was of a larger scale than a similar event in 2009 and was an astounding experience for those lucky enough to witness it. Most years, it is less frequent than the Red Admiral and there are considerably fewer individual records from the county as a result. It is a butterfly which will be found in any habitat throughout the county.
Photographed at Eakring Meadows July 2003
Early stages                            
Full grown larva on Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare. Photographed at Eakring Flash June 2003.
Full grown larva in larval tent on Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare. Photographed at Eakring Flash June 2003.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Painted Lady
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Pauline Bradford. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottingham City Council. Darren Matthews. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett. Tom Shields. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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