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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February 12, 2017 Jeff Trahan Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States February 20, 2017 Details
February 14, 2017 LOUIS CHANGCHIEN Los Angeles County, California, United States February 18, 2017 Details
June 29, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada February 10, 2017 Details
June 17, 2015 sh11 Ontario, Canada February 10, 2017 Details
July 19, 2012 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States February 02, 2017 Details
January 19, 2017 JeanEvoy De Soto County, Florida, United States January 27, 2017 Details
September 19, 2016 sh11 Ontario, Canada January 27, 2017 Details
January 21, 2017 davidwdroppers (Melanie Weiss) King County, Washington, United States January 26, 2017 Details
July 25, 2016 Lepidopteron Contra Costa County, California, United States January 25, 2017 Details
January 15, 2017 MAKI Ventura County, California, United States January 17, 2017 Details
December 21, 2016 taylorjones16 St Charles Parish, Louisiana, United States December 24, 2016 Details
December 01, 2016 John Philo Texas, United States December 24, 2016 Details
December 11, 2016 earthling1 Clark County, Washington, United States December 13, 2016 Details
December 02, 2016 jhanes San Mateo County, California, United States December 06, 2016 Details
November 08, 2016 Sue Orlowski Whitman County, Washington, United States November 29, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States November 28, 2016 Details
November 24, 2016 gregsnyder Texas, Tarrant County, United States November 26, 2016 Details
November 21, 2016 Phil Warren Sonoma County, California, United States November 22, 2016 Details
November 14, 2016 abwest Bexar County, Texas, United States November 14, 2016 Details
November 07, 2016 the janitors kid Brevard County, Florida, United States November 08, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 Severino Carbone Sacramento County, California, United States November 06, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States October 17, 2016 Details
July 15, 2016 crikstevens Ocean County, New Jersey, United States October 17, 2016 Details
July 23, 2016 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States October 17, 2016 Details
August 30, 2016 yardbird Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States October 17, 2016 Details
October 15, 2016 rseidler Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States October 16, 2016 Details
September 27, 2016 Whitmoren Douglas County, Oregon, United States September 28, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Debo Boddiford Jenkins County, Georgia, United States September 24, 2016 Details
March 12, 2016 Bill Wright_Texas Hays County, Texas, United States September 24, 2016 Details
July 28, 2015 plex1ppus Bonner County, Idaho, United States September 20, 2016 Details
September 19, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States September 20, 2016 Details
August 27, 2016 Allen Gathman Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States September 15, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 duff Larimer County, Colorado, United States September 12, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 johngor Ontario, Canada September 08, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Doug Bruce Stewart County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 stephen stedman Macon County, Tennessee, United States September 05, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Hailee Rae De Witt County, Illinois, United States September 05, 2016 Details
February 15, 2016 jwunder3 Orange County, Florida, United States August 29, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 16, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 10, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 sabrinamariel13 Saratoga County, New York, United States August 23, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Mapper Christian County, Illinois, United States August 23, 2016 Details
July 11, 2016 a1typist Dakota County, Minnesota, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 KS.trailwalker Anderson County, Kansas, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 12, 2016 AriBotsford Kings County, New York, United States August 18, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 rseidler Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States August 16, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States August 14, 2016 Details
August 11, 2016 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 12, 2016 Details