You’ve found a… painted lady butterfly!

Painted Lady butterfly. Photo by Lynda Fean.

Painted Lady caterpillars like to eat thistles, nettles and mallows, which they can find around the Charlton House grounds.

In the Old Pond Garden the butterflies like to drink nectar from lots of the flowers and sunbathe on the paths! Find out more about other butterflies that you might see while you’re out and about.

Watch a Painted Lady butterfly life cycle, from caterpillar (larva) to pupa (chrysalis) to butterfly (which then lays eggs for the cycle to begin again):

Find all the Bugs in the Old Pond Garden (there are ten altogether), put the letters together and find the final Bug!
If you spot any real live bugs / creatures / insects in the Old Pond Garden today, try to take a photograph and find out what it is. We’d love to see it, so if you post on Instagram you can tag us: @cabahs_hortisoc and use the hashtag #BugsInTheBeds

This page is part of the ‘Bugs in the Beds’ trail running on the Old Pond Garden, Charlton House, on 21st May 2023.