Scientific Name : Cynthia cardui (Linnaeus)
Family : NYMPHALIDAE
Wingspan : 55 - 70 mm
Colour : Upperside of wings is pinkish-red marked with black spots. The underside is disruptively marked with grey, black, white and a few red spots and lines.
Habit : One of the most widely distributed butterflies of the world. It flies swiftly and flies close to the ground in the open areas; very difficult to recognise as it is very well camouflaged with the background; when rests, sits with its wings closed or partly closed. Photographed at Digha.
Larval Host Plants : Zornia gibbosa, Debregeasia bicolor, Tricholepis sp., Artemisia sp., Blumea sp. etc.
Location : Throughout West Bengal