One of the butterflies that can be seen flying during winter although it is more common in the warmer months. In September 2007 & 2013 and October 2016 Spring migrations brought large numbers of this butterfly to the Plateau traveling on warm westerly winds.
We observed a female Painted Lady egg laying on a patch of Leptorhyncos squamatus (Scaly Buttons) on 31/10/16. At this altitude Scaly Buttons die in winter and commence regrowth in October.
Painted Lady underside
Painted Lady feeding on Dahlia
This Painted Lady caterpillar has spun a web around itself for protection
Painted Lady larva feeding on Leptorhyncos squamatus