Both sexes are alike. But, can vary in size, which is quite common.
Once the females have been mated, they lay their eggs on various Thistles, and sometimes Common Nettle and Mallow Flowers are used. The tiny larva hatch after about a week.
The larva live secretively, in tents made of leaves, similar to that of the Red Admiral larva. There are 4 moults in total, [5 instars].
In Britain they are commonly found nectaring on purple flowers, such as Thistles and Knapweed etc. In Europe they can be found feeding on one of their favourite flowers, Sticky Fleabane.They also spend a lot of time on the ground, wings spread open soaking up the sun.
|Painted Lady on Sticky Fleabane, Malta|
|Female Painted Lady, Turkey|
|Male Painted Lady feeding on Hardheads, U.K.|
|Painted Lady commonly found on the ground soaking up the sun|
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