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 29, 2015 bobscafe British Columbia, Canada February 11, 2016 Details
June 06, 2015 lisagorn Otsego County, New York, United States January 31, 2016 Details
January 20, 2016 greekwriter Texas, Nueces County, United States January 26, 2016 Details
June 10, 2010 Ilse Gebhard Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States January 19, 2016 Details
September 08, 2015 PJNosler Deschutes County, Oregon, United States January 18, 2016 Details
August 23, 2015 J_Martineau Johnson County, Wyoming, United States January 08, 2016 Details
May 18, 2015 routledge_SaultCollege Mackinac County, Michigan, United States December 30, 2015 Details
April 16, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
April 03, 2015 Josiah Gilbert San Luis Obispo County, California, United States December 29, 2015 Details
December 05, 2015 cosmic_cat Texas, Marion County, United States December 26, 2015 Details
November 16, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States December 21, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 J_Martineau Dakota County, Minnesota, United States December 16, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 kymberlyp Quebec, Canada December 10, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 CA Ivy (Jon C. Ivy) Adair County, Oklahoma, United States December 10, 2015 Details
August 03, 2014 doris potter Quebec, Canada December 05, 2015 Details
December 03, 2015 fordhendershot McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States December 03, 2015 Details
November 29, 2015 MAKI Los Angeles County, California, United States December 01, 2015 Details
November 29, 2015 Selwyn Quan Santa Clara County, California, United States December 01, 2015 Details
June 22, 2012 Trailmaker Jefferson County, Ohio, United States November 16, 2015 Details
September 01, 2015 2miners Lincoln County, Wisconsin, United States October 30, 2015 Details
April 13, 2015 dgardner Charleston County, South Carolina, United States October 20, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 Jackie Morris British Columbia, Canada October 19, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce Henderson County, Tennessee, United States October 13, 2015 Details
October 11, 2015 S. J. Stedman Barren County, Kentucky, United States October 12, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 gpstewart Texas, United States, Williamson County October 09, 2015 Details
October 07, 2015 stephen stedman Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States October 08, 2015 Details
October 06, 2015 Doug Bruce Tipton County, Tennessee, United States October 07, 2015 Details
October 05, 2015 Doug Bruce McNairy County, Tennessee, United States October 06, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 grayhairstreak New Castle County, Delaware, United States October 02, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 AVaske24 Kossuth County, Iowa, United States September 29, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 woodcrvr Dubuque County, Iowa, United States September 29, 2015 Details
June 25, 2015 Malvern Public Library Mills County, Iowa, United States September 29, 2015 Details
September 14, 2015 Pleurastic Licking County, Ohio, United States September 25, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 wwittkop Johnson County, Wyoming, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 aarongunnar Walworth County, Wisconsin, United States September 22, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 ncrosbyrd Gunnison County, Colorado, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 13, 2015 stephen stedman Jackson County, Tennessee, United States September 13, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 hansenaj El Paso County, Colorado, United States September 12, 2015 Details
September 07, 2014 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States September 12, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 underwood.jones Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States September 11, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 jimard8 Madison County, Indiana, United States September 02, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 Donna Sue Maller Dawson Ventura County, California, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 Forestwalker Iberville Parish, Louisiana, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States August 30, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 ozcomomoths Ozark County, Missouri, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 stephen stedman Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 29, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 jdgalvin McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 29, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 vickiels Clermont County, Ohio, United States August 26, 2015 Details
August 21, 2015 rconnorsphoto Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States August 25, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 jpviolette Somerset County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details