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Red Admiral Butterfly

Vanessa atalanta

Description:

Red and black spiny caterpillar

Habitat:

The nettles in my garden

Notes:

Thanks to Saturniidae27 for helping me ID! I looked up photos after the suggestion. There are some color variations, but I noticed some that looked very similar to what I found. I read about them and learned their primary food source are nettles! It also discussed how they fold over leaves with their silk, something it had done.

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red admiral caterpillar
Vanessa atalanta


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1 Comment

Grey Catsidhe
Grey Catsidhe a year ago

Thanks, Saturniidae27! I looked at several photos and, while I see some varying coloration, I found a few that resemble what I found. I also read that they mostly feed on nettle and fold the leaves over. Based on all that, I'm very confident that you are correct! Thank you so much!

Grey Catsidhe
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Grey Catsidhe

New York, USA

Spotted on Jul 31, 2019
Submitted on Jul 31, 2019

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