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Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta


This is a large black butterfly with orange/red bands on the fore and hind wings. They have white markings on the forewings.


Found in a semi wooded area resting on a rock in the sun. Their habitat includes wetlands, urban areas, bogs, and forests. They are widespread due to the distribution of their host plant (nettles).


Fun Facts: 1. Red Admiral caterpillars like to nest in sheltered areas. 2. This butterfly is considered people friendly and will often perch on ones shoulder. 3. Females will only mate with males that hold territory. Males defend their territory by flying around the area between 7 to 30 times an hour.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States

Spotted on Mar 7, 2021
Submitted on Apr 25, 2021

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