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The Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

Description:

The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The Red Admiral has a 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) wing span. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the fore wings and on the outer edge of the hind wings; white spots on the dorsal fore wings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.



1 species ID suggestions

Liam
Liam 2 years ago
Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta Vanessa atalanta

Denton City Limits, Texas, USA

Lat: 33.21, Long: -97.13

Spotted on Apr 13, 2012
Submitted on Apr 13, 2012

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