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Vanessa cardui (Painted Lady)


Wing Span 1  2.1 inches (.054 m)

Providers (Prey, hosts, diet)

Calluna vulgaris (heather)Food 2
Centaurea jacea (Brown Knapweed)Food 2
Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle)Food 2
Cirsium palustre (Marsh Thistle)Food 2
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)Food 2
Galeopsis tetrahit (brittle-stem hemp-nettle)Food 2
Hieracium obtusissimum (Alpine Ragwort)Food 2
Medicago arborea (moon trefoil)Food 3
Bistorta officinalis (meadow bistort)Food 2
Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup)Food 2
Taraxacum campylodes (Dandelion)Food 2
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)Food 2
Urtica dioica (California nettle)Food 2
Vicia cracca (cow vetch)Food 2

Consumers (Predators)

Bidens aristosa (bearded beggarticks)Pollination 4
Blephilia hirsuta (hairy pagoda-plant)Pollination 4
Boltonia asteroides (white doll's daisy)Pollination 4
Calluna vulgaris (heather)Pollination 2
Campanula americana (American bellflower)Pollination 4
Centaurea jacea (Brown Knapweed)Pollination 2
Cephalanthus tetrandra (Buttonbush)Pollination 4
Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle)Pollination 2
Cirsium discolor (field thistle)Pollination 4
Cirsium palustre (Marsh Thistle)Pollination 2
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)Pollination 2
Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower)Pollination 4
Eupatorium serotinum (late boneset)Pollination 4
Galeopsis tetrahit (brittle-stem hemp-nettle)Pollination 2
Helianthus grosseserratus (sawtooth sunflower)Pollination 4
Hieracium obtusissimum (Alpine Ragwort)Pollination 2
Laphria virginicaFood 5
Linaria biebersteinii (ramsted)Pollination 4
Lithospermum canescens (hoary gromwell)Pollination 4
Lythrum acutangulum (wing-angle loosestrife)Pollination 4
Machimus fimbriatusFood 5
Merops persicus (Blue-cheeked Bee-eater)Food 6
Monarda fistulosa (mintleaf beebalm)Pollination 4
Bistorta officinalis (meadow bistort)Pollination 2
Proctacanthus milbertiiFood 5
Pycnanthemum flexuosum (Appalachian mountainmint)Pollination 4
Ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup)Pollination 2
Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant)Pollination 4
Solidago altissima subsp. altissima (Canada goldenrod)Pollination 4
Taraxacum campylodes (Dandelion)Pollination 2
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)Pollination 2
Vicia cracca (cow vetch)Pollination 2
Viola pedata (birdfoot violet)Pollination 4


Attributes / relations provided by
1Butterflies of Canada, Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
2Ecology of Commanster
3The reproductive ecology of Medicago citrina (Font Quer) Greuter (Leguminosae): a bee-pollinated plant in Mediterranean islands where bees are absent, C. Pérez-Bañón, A. Juan, T. Petanidou, Ma A. Marcos-García and M. B. Crespo, Plant Systematics and Evolution Volume 241, Numbers 1-2, 29-46 (2003)
4Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
5Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access