Attributes of Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Identification: Upperside is black with white spots near the apex; forewing with red median band, hindwing with red marginal band. The winter form is smaller and duller, summer form larger and brighter with an interrupted forewing band.
Wing Span: 1 3/4 - 3 inches (4.5 - 7.6 cm).
Life History: The Red Admiral has a very erratic, rapid flight. Males perch, on ridgetops if available, in the afternoon to wait for females, who lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars eat and live within a shelter of folded leaves; older caterpillars make a nest of leaves tied together with silk. Adults hibernate.
Flight: Two broods from March-October in the north, winters from October-March in South Texas.
Caterpillar Hosts: Plants of the nettle family (Urticaceae) including stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), tall wild nettle (U. gracilis), wood nettle (Laportea canadensis), false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), pellitory (Parietoria pennsylvanica), mamaki (Pipturus albidus), and possibly hops (Humulus).
Adult Food: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.
Habitat: Moist woods, yards, parks, marshes, seeps, moist fields. During migrations, the Red Admiral is found in almost any habitat from tundra to subtropics.
Range: Guatemala north through Mexico and the United States to northern Canada; Hawaii, some Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia. Cannot survive coldest winters; most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants.
Conservation: Not required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes:

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April 08, 2015 cyric Martin County, Florida, United States May 06, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 neilds37 Clallam County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States May 05, 2015 Details
May 03, 2015 John Ashley Flathead County, Montana, United States May 05, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 TDaniell Bell County, Texas, United States May 04, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 John Schwartz Kane County, Illinois, United States May 03, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 Marsha Johnson Texas, United States, Williamson County May 02, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 Linda Fink Yamhill County, Oregon, United States May 01, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 jhauser42 Erie County, New York, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 08, 2015 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States April 30, 2015 Details
April 28, 2015 mhudson26 Johnson County, Kansas, United States April 29, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 JDreimiller Snohomish County, Washington, United States April 24, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 MAKI Multnomah County, Oregon, United States April 23, 2015 Details
April 21, 2015 rjcohrs Hancock County, Indiana, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 21, 2015 chreliot Nassau County, New York, United States April 22, 2015 Details
April 20, 2015 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 07, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 13, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States April 12, 2015 Details
March 25, 2015 Bixia Maricopa County, Arizona, United States April 08, 2015 Details
April 07, 2015 redandsilverfox Fort Bend County, Texas, United States April 07, 2015 Details
April 02, 2015 Robalero Cameron County, Texas, United States April 05, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 CA Ivy Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States April 05, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 31, 2015 Details
March 27, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States March 28, 2015 Details
March 21, 2015 rebeccafm Los Angeles County, California, United States March 27, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
August 19, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
August 09, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
March 22, 2015 Kevin Lundgren Texas, Travis County, United States March 23, 2015 Details
March 23, 2015 Dedko Galveston County, Texas, United States March 23, 2015 Details
March 09, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
June 11, 2007 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States March 04, 2015 Details
July 01, 2007 Indy Entomologist Fulton County, Indiana, United States March 04, 2015 Details
July 01, 2007 Indy Entomologist Miami County, Indiana, United States March 04, 2015 Details
June 24, 2014 Nancy Witthuhn Ness County, Kansas, United States February 28, 2015 Details
June 16, 1982 Indy Entomologist Pulaski County, Indiana, United States February 24, 2015 Details
July 10, 1979 Indy Entomologist Carroll County, Indiana, United States February 23, 2015 Details
June 11, 2007 Indy Entomologist Clinton County, Indiana, United States February 22, 2015 Details
January 07, 2015 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States February 05, 2015 Details
September 27, 2014 sreinbrecht Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States January 08, 2015 Details
April 07, 2014 KristyBaker Hidalgo County, Texas, United States December 27, 2014 Details
November 06, 2014 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States December 04, 2014 Details
November 16, 2014 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States December 02, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 Ken Cheeks McCormick County, South Carolina, United States December 02, 2014 Details
April 19, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 29, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 arcturusangel Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States September 21, 2014 Details
September 07, 2014 digginflowers Page County, Virginia, United States September 14, 2014 Details
September 05, 2014 Prairie Wetlands Learning Center Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States September 14, 2014 Details