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New Zealand Red Admiral

Vanessa gonerilla


This is a picture I took a couple of years ago during a trip to Matiu/Somes Island . The butterfly intrigued me because the only other butterflies I've seen in the city before have been Monarch butterflies and I could tell by the blue eye spots on this butterfly's wings that it wasn't one. The butterfly has since been identified by a helpful commenter as a New Zealand Red Admiral.


Red Admirals are fairly common throughout New Zealand wherever their food plants are found.


The Red Admirals main food plants include: Perennial Nettle (Urtica dioica) Onga Onga (Urtica ferox) Although they will eat any kind of nettle, adults also eat nectar as shown in the photo above.

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New Zealand Red Admiral
Vanessa gonerilla Butterflies of New Zealand - Vanessa gonerilla

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duttagupta35504 8 years ago

Very pretty.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Good one :) Welcome to Noah :)

Thank you :)

ShannaB 8 years ago

Nice pics! Welcome to Project Noah!

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Mar 18, 2011
Submitted on Mar 24, 2013

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