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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July 24, 2014 cburdie Erie County, New York, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 28, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 darrellp Ontario, Canada July 26, 2014 Details
May 05, 2012 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 24, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 NigelBI Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States July 21, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 jacklope22 Iowa, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 Cecily Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 Heather Krakat Baltimore County, Maryland, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 a-o Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 19, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States July 18, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 18, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 Mapper Pulaski County, Illinois, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 15, 2014 787 guy Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States July 17, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 14, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 Honeymeade Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 malindabf Stark County, Ohio, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 13, 2014 dpitcher Erie County, Ohio, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada July 12, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 treichard Sussex County, New Jersey, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 dspicer Bledsoe County, Tennessee, United States July 12, 2014 Details
July 09, 2014 ktaylo Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 gerryanimator Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States July 11, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 rdhealy1951 Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 28, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 krancmm Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 buddingnaturalist Olmsted County, Minnesota, United States July 09, 2014 Details
May 09, 2014 digginflowers Accomack County, Virginia, United States July 09, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 meljean Harrison County, Missouri, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Sasha H. Fort Bend County, Texas, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 24, 2010 julmast Elkhart County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
May 22, 2014 britches Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States July 02, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 jennifereh Grundy County, Illinois, United States July 02, 2014 Details
July 01, 2014 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 mrcnaturally Westchester County, New York, United States June 28, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 27, 2014 Details
June 25, 2014 juliereid Ontario, Canada June 25, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 rseidler Howard County, Arkansas, United States June 25, 2014 Details
June 22, 2014 Karen Adams Franklin County, Ohio, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 04, 2014 Bob Ensign Park County, Colorado, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 Beverly Carter Baxter County, Arkansas, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 18, 2014 birdseye Monroe County, New York, United States June 20, 2014 Details
August 26, 2013 Philip Childress Carroll County, Virginia, United States June 18, 2014 Details
June 14, 2014 aura09 Ontario, Canada June 17, 2014 Details
June 06, 2014 pattiep9 Tazewell County, Illinois, United States June 12, 2014 Details
June 08, 2014 pattiep9 Tazewell County, Illinois, United States June 10, 2014 Details