64 - 70mm
A very strong butterfly, it resembles a pale orange Red Admiral.
After hatching from another generation in February or March in Africa, the Painted Lady butterfly migrates north every year, normally arriving in Britain in May or early June, spreading out across the country; some breeding here and others going on into Scandinavia. They cannot survive British winters but it is unclear how many return southwards, or whether the majority perish here.
The Painted Lady utilises any tallish fragrant flower, mostly those of purple colour, such as Marjoram, thistles, hard-heads, Hemp Agrimony and also Buddleia.