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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May 17, 2016 PDunwiddie Island County, Washington, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 cosmic_cat Little River County, Arkansas, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 19, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 11, 2016 dabidaloca Kern County, California, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 whhowe Ontario County, New York, United States May 15, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 frostywalters Texas, Taylor County, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 12, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States May 13, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 Mike Dillon Hartley County, Texas, United States May 11, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 09, 2016 CA Ivy Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States May 09, 2016 Details
May 07, 2016 benphalan Benton County, Oregon, United States May 09, 2016 Details
April 30, 2016 Wscott Snohomish County, Washington, United States May 04, 2016 Details
June 25, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada May 02, 2016 Details
April 25, 2016 agardener Skagit County, Washington, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Morgan County, Tennessee, United States April 26, 2016 Details
February 22, 2016 Clara4 Graham County, Arizona, United States April 24, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 PDunwiddie Thurston County, Washington, United States April 21, 2016 Details
April 20, 2016 PDunwiddie Thurston County, Washington, United States April 21, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 Vickie Multnomah County, Oregon, United States April 20, 2016 Details
April 16, 2016 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States April 19, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 Doug Bruce Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States April 19, 2016 Details
April 13, 2016 Jeff Trahan Miller County, Arkansas, United States April 18, 2016 Details
April 13, 2016 dabidaloca Kern County, California, United States April 17, 2016 Details
April 12, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 13, 2016 Details
March 30, 2016 JohnBoback Wetzel County, West Virginia, United States April 11, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States April 11, 2016 Details
April 08, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States April 08, 2016 Details
January 30, 2016 shakespearenut Los Angeles County, California, United States April 03, 2016 Details
March 28, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States April 01, 2016 Details
March 31, 2016 DeannaD Du Page County, Illinois, United States March 31, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 PDunwiddie Bexar County, Texas, United States March 28, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 ezeemonee Ventura County, California, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 26, 2016 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States March 27, 2016 Details
March 25, 2016 hiker96 Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States March 26, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States March 23, 2016 Details
March 22, 2016 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States March 22, 2016 Details
March 19, 2016 timmnash Mariposa County, California, United States March 21, 2016 Details
March 01, 2016 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States March 18, 2016 Details
March 15, 2016 CA Ivy Adair County, Oklahoma, United States March 15, 2016 Details
March 11, 2016 LarryK250 Texas, United States March 13, 2016 Details
March 12, 2016 gpstewart Texas, McCulloch County, United States March 13, 2016 Details
March 13, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 13, 2016 Details
August 17, 2014 Sydney1210 Bristol County, Rhode Island, United States March 12, 2016 Details