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:

Images of Vanessa atalanta

Click on an image to view full size and to see additional details.




Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_rubria_caterpillar2_raisingbutterflies.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_rubria_caterpillar2_raisingbutterflies.jpg
Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_rubria_egg1_raisingbutterflies.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_rubria_egg1_raisingbutterflies.jpg
Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_rubria_egg2_raisingbutterflies.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_rubria_egg2_raisingbutterflies.jpg
Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa-atalanta-Bob-Moul-488 .jpg

Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa-atalanta-Bob-Moul-488 .jpg

Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa-atalanta-AWT-1.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa-atalanta-AWT-1.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_kondla2.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_kondla2.jpg
Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_kondla1.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - vanessa_atalanta_kondla1.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - RedAdmiral-Simons.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - RedAdmiral-Simons.jpg


Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa_atalanta.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa_atalanta.jpg
Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa_atalanta2.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - Vanessa_atalanta2.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - RedAdmiral_small.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - RedAdmiral_small.jpg
Vanessa atalanta - RedAdmiral2_small.jpg

Vanessa atalanta - RedAdmiral2_small.jpg

The map below displays all BAMONA data for this species and has three different data layers:
1. All records (yellow dots)   2. Recently verified records (orange dots)*   3. US county records (purple)

There are also three base layers: 1. Satellite    2. Normal   3. Hybrid

How to use the map:
Click on the map and move your mouse to pan.
Zoom by using the plus [+] and minus [-] on the left side of the map.
To change which map layers are displayed, click on the plus sign [+] on the right side of the map and turn on/off the data layers and base layers.

*The orange dots on the map provide access to information about the 400 most recently verified sightings of this species. Sometimes, there are several records at the same location. Use the table view to access these records.

By default, the fifty most recently verified sightings are below. Sort by Observation Date to see the most recent sightings, or filter the sightings by region to get a regional list.

See more recently verified sightings of all species.

You don't have Javascript enabled. Hover for more information! But don't worry: you can still use this web site! You have two options:
  • enable Javascript in your browser and then refresh this page, for a much enhanced experience.
  • click the Update button every time you want to update the selection.
Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
July 26, 2014 WendyJG Winnebago County, Illinois, United States September 30, 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
June 30, 2014 Rose2 Norfolk City County, Virginia, United States September 14, 2014 Details
May 28, 2007 Shirley Wilkerson Comanche County, Texas, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 MarkScottsmltd Fannin County, Georgia, United States September 11, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada September 10, 2014 Details
September 03, 2014 stephen stedman Lake County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 b.cn.u Ontario, Canada September 06, 2014 Details
September 01, 2014 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States September 02, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 CatWhat Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada August 22, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States August 19, 2014 Details
August 17, 2014 dwaynewood58 Erie County, New York, United States August 18, 2014 Details
June 05, 2007 xetmarcr Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 cyric Newport County, Rhode Island, United States August 17, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 gex104 Norfolk City County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 D_narango New Castle County, Delaware, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 pammianne Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 13, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 plex1ppus Stevens County, Washington, United States August 12, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 GenevieveDutton Pasco County, Florida, United States August 10, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 Blocky Washington (Block Island) County, Rhode Island, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Valley Girl Ontario, Canada August 08, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States August 07, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 CA Ivy Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 jim8435wisc Adams County, Wisconsin, United States August 05, 2014 Details
November 24, 2010 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Elaine Link Macoupin County, Illinois, United States July 31, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 cwilson@upperdarbysd.org Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States July 30, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 gunhilda Payne County, Oklahoma, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 flacracker Harlan County, Kentucky, United States July 29, 2014 Details
July 29, 2014 dpitcher Erie County, Ohio, United States July 29, 2014 Details
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