Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758) - Painted Lady

Subspecies in India

No subspecies are listed under this species.

Conservation and Special status

This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh1131
Assam111
Bihar
Chandigarh1
Chhattisgarh1111
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi6542122
Goa
Gujarat112332
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh11
Jammu and Kashmir UT1111
Jharkhand
Karnataka1262042
Kerala21511
Ladakh UT11
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh2531111
Maharashtra16623202522121741
Manipur1
Meghalaya1
Mizoram
Nagaland1
Odisha
Puducherry UT
Punjab
Rajasthan111
Sikkim51
Tamil Nadu341
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh323
Uttarakhand51121
West Bengal43232
Total57232923635837252572
Anchusa (Robinson et al. 2010), Cynoglossum (Robinson et al. 2010), Echium (Robinson et al. 2010) (Boraginaceae). Arctotis (Robinson et al. 2010), Artemisia (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Artemisia vulgaris (Robinson et al. 2010), Berkheya (Robinson et al. 2010), Blumea (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Laggera alata (Robinson et al. 2010), Carduus (Robinson et al. 2010), Chrysanthemum (Robinson et al. 2010), Cirsium (Robinson et al. 2010), Cirsium arvense (Robinson et al. 2010), Cynara scolymus (Robinson et al. 2010), Filago (Robinson et al. 2010), Gnaphalium (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Helichrysum (Robinson et al. 2010), Madia (Robinson et al. 2010), Pentzia (Robinson et al. 2010), Senecio (Robinson et al. 2010), Sonchus (Robinson et al. 2010), Tricholepis (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Compositae). Argyrolobium (Robinson et al. 2010), Dolichos (Robinson et al. 2010), Glycine (Robinson et al. 2010), Lablab purpureus (Robinson et al. 2010), Lupinus (Robinson et al. 2010), Phaseolus (Robinson et al. 2010), Zornia diphylla (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Zornia gibbosa (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) (Fabaceae). Althaea (Robinson et al. 2010), Malva (Robinson et al. 2010) (Malvaceae). Argemone mexicana (Robinson et al. 2010) (Papaveraceae). Boehmeria (Robinson et al. 2010), Debregeasia saeneb (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Girardinia (Robinson et al. 2010), Girardinia diversifolia (V.C. Balakrishnan pers. obs. 2017) Laportea (Robinson et al. 2010), Urtica (Robinson et al. 2010) (Urticaceae).

Key Reference:
Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2022. Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758) – Painted Lady. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/vanessa-cardui, accessed 2022/12/04.