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 24, 2014 Nvenezio Hays County, Texas, United States April 24, 2014 Details
April 23, 2014 pattiep9 Will County, Illinois, United States April 23, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 SuperCheech Harris County, Texas, United States April 22, 2014 Details
March 29, 2014 fm5050 Duval County, Florida, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 20, 2014 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States April 21, 2014 Details
April 19, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States April 19, 2014 Details
April 15, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 15, 2014 Details
April 13, 2014 snowy911 Kentucky, United States April 13, 2014 Details
April 10, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States April 10, 2014 Details
May 16, 2012 thunderbirdsky6 Johnston County, North Carolina, United States April 09, 2014 Details
June 15, 2012 sbruenjes New Jersey, United States April 07, 2014 Details
September 14, 2013 Greg Dean British Columbia, Canada April 04, 2014 Details
March 30, 2014 Nancee Cobb Alachua County, Florida, United States April 03, 2014 Details
March 31, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 01, 2014 Details
June 13, 2010 stormyeyes99 Sussex County, New Jersey, United States March 17, 2014 Details
March 01, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States March 04, 2014 Details
March 01, 2014 TeddyKuma Texas, Lampasas County, United States March 01, 2014 Details
September 01, 2013 Kimberchick Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States February 11, 2014 Details
September 06, 2013 razer9672 Mercer County, New Jersey, United States January 30, 2014 Details
April 22, 2013 ScottAYoung Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States January 29, 2014 Details
January 06, 2014 UnknownCatalyst Alameda County, California, United States January 23, 2014 Details
June 08, 2013 Dick Ratliff Madison County, Tennessee, United States January 17, 2014 Details
May 06, 2010 ddodd Texas, United States, Uvalde County January 14, 2014 Details
January 02, 2014 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States January 02, 2014 Details
May 23, 1976 stomlins701 Bexar County, Texas, United States December 28, 2013 Details
August 08, 2013 cliffweisse Fremont County, Idaho, United States December 26, 2013 Details
November 30, 2013 Dan Brekke Alameda County, California, United States November 30, 2013 Details
August 15, 2010 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 29, 2013 Details
November 18, 2013 Sparks7 Burnet County, Texas, United States November 19, 2013 Details
August 10, 2013 Zeus79 Macomb County, Michigan, United States November 15, 2013 Details
November 13, 2013 whbauer Bexar County, Texas, United States November 13, 2013 Details
November 11, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States November 11, 2013 Details
July 30, 2011 sandyleapt Wasco County, Oregon, United States November 02, 2013 Details
October 31, 2013 Robert Gorman San Diego County, California, United States November 01, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 A M Gallon Itasca County, Minnesota, United States October 30, 2013 Details
October 26, 2013 Robert Gorman Orange County, California, United States October 27, 2013 Details
September 18, 2013 kellycoolj Jefferson County, West Virginia, United States October 21, 2013 Details
October 13, 2013 VidyaVenkat New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 17, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 dpgbfly1 Anoka County, Minnesota, United States October 11, 2013 Details
July 14, 2013 dpgbfly1 Isanti County, Minnesota, United States October 11, 2013 Details
October 10, 2013 Doug Bruce Gibson County, Tennessee, United States October 11, 2013 Details
September 09, 2013 Linda Fink Yamhill County, Oregon, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 07, 2013 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States October 09, 2013 Details
October 03, 2013 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States October 08, 2013 Details
September 14, 2013 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States October 06, 2013 Details
September 28, 2013 treichard Howard County, Maryland, United States October 02, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States October 02, 2013 Details
August 04, 2013 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States September 25, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 Colleen62 Ontario, Canada September 24, 2013 Details
September 24, 2013 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States September 24, 2013 Details