Full scientific name:
Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1-2 broods per year. Overwinters as imago or caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
The entire territory. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The wings’ upper side has orange coloration with dark spots, and the apex of the forewings is dark with white spots. The underside of the hindwing has a bright and distinctive pattern.
It has strong migratory abilities. Imago feeds with nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Families Urticaceae, Asteraceae, Malvaceae etc.
It is adapted to various habitats. Elevations: 0-1700m.