Painted Lady Butterfly Caterpillars and Chrysalises
Painted Lady Butterfly Vanessa cardui
Experience the wonder of metamorphosis! If purchasing larvae, they will need a food source when they arrive. You may purchase your host plant from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm or from a local plant nursery. Here at Shady Oak we sell Hollyhock and Ribgrass Plantain, as well asInstant Diet to feed Painted Lady Butterflies. If ordering elsewhere, be certain the plant has not been sprayed with insecticides, including the organic pesticide BT. One 4" potted plant will typically feed 3 larvae. One set of Instant Diet will feed 9 larvae.
** Butterflies can eat a great deal during the larval stage. Please be certain you have the correct amount of host plants if you are ordering larvae.**
Adult Painted Lady Butterfly Wing Span:
2 - 2 3/4 inches