The upperwings are a pinkish orange with a mottling of black patches. The apex of the forewing is black with several white patches. The underside of the forewing is a dull version of the upperside. The underside of the hindwing is an intricate pattern of white, greys and fawns. Several, yellow bordered, bluish black centered eyespots are located near the edge of the hindwing. The pale veins are also conspicuous.
Arrive from late March with number building to May/June. Their offspring peak in early August.
Larval Food plants
Thistles (Cirsium spp. & Carduus spp)
Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Found in a wide variety of habitats
Frequent to common immigrant.
Anywhere in the county.
Earliest county record 8th January 1899
Latest county record
13th December 2000