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 02, 2015 rbuist Manitoba, Canada July 06, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 JRonan17 Herkimer County, New York, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 kcpdx Multnomah County, Oregon, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Marymarie428 Maryland, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 LepidoBot19 Madison County, Kentucky, United States July 05, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 04, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States July 04, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 irenemarine Nassau County, New York, United States July 02, 2015 Details
July 02, 2015 Bill Emch Lee County, South Carolina, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 mrscrain Montgomery County, Ohio, United States July 02, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 tom nolan Burlington County, New Jersey, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 tom nolan Cape May County, New Jersey, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Kzfisherman Lake County, Illinois, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 rowley Wayne County, New York, United States June 30, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Ranger_McClure Franklin County, Ohio, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 John LeBlanc Rockingham County, Virginia, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 John LeBlanc Madison County, Virginia, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 29, 2015 cosmos Washington County, Oregon, United States June 29, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 nik Ontario, Canada June 28, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 rosedrakon Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 nclark920 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 grosenberry Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 Indy Artist Hamilton County, Indiana, United States June 27, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 Lock Lake County, Illinois, United States June 25, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 pattiep9 Will County, Illinois, United States June 25, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 ncrosbyrd McIntosh County, Georgia, United States June 23, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 pdxgene711 Hood River County, Oregon, United States June 23, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 Teresa Jacobs Clinch County, Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
April 30, 2015 firewoman Georgia, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 11, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 IndyLindy Allen County, Indiana, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States June 20, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 Antimidas Anoka County, Minnesota, United States June 19, 2015 Details
April 18, 2015 adamschaffer Madison County, Arkansas, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 Gcleopardgirl Kosciusko County, Indiana, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 19, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 sfp Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States June 16, 2015 Details
January 26, 2014 SaraJE Ontario, Canada June 14, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 ShaunaRyner Ontario, Canada June 10, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 nclark920 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States June 09, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States June 09, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Roane County, Tennessee, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 mar2rch Brevard County, Florida, United States June 07, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 OhioHick Medina County, Ohio, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 mbird4998 Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States June 05, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 pedro8410 Providence County, Rhode Island, United States June 05, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 Richard1948 Monterey County, California, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 plex1ppus Spokane County, Washington, United States June 02, 2015 Details
June 01, 2015 mbowling Texas, Reeves County, United States June 02, 2015 Details