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.
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May 03, 2015 donatello Salt Lake County, Utah, United States April 22, 2017 Details
June 24, 2015 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States April 19, 2017 Details
April 18, 2017 pavelmelnichuk Monroe County, New York, United States April 18, 2017 Details
April 14, 2017 Tee. Mas Ontario, Canada April 16, 2017 Details
April 09, 2017 Doug Bruce Meigs County, Tennessee, United States April 14, 2017 Details
April 09, 2017 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States April 11, 2017 Details
February 21, 2017 Jeff Trahan Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States April 11, 2017 Details
July 16, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
July 17, 2016 Christine Stanke Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
July 29, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 10, 2017 Details
July 04, 2015 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States April 08, 2017 Details
March 23, 2017 njschulz Dallas County, Texas, United States April 06, 2017 Details
June 14, 2016 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States April 03, 2017 Details
April 01, 2017 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States April 01, 2017 Details
March 25, 2017 SaunieInDiego San Diego County, California, United States March 28, 2017 Details
July 23, 2015 Christine Stanke Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States March 23, 2017 Details
February 12, 2017 rseidler Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States March 22, 2017 Details
March 19, 2017 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States March 20, 2017 Details
May 23, 2015 joey Montmorency County, Michigan, United States March 20, 2017 Details
March 12, 2017 mellielong Hillsborough County, Florida, United States March 13, 2017 Details
March 10, 2017 cosmic_cat Texas, United States, Upshur County March 11, 2017 Details
March 08, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 09, 2017 Details
March 04, 2017 Steve Krotzer Choctaw County, Mississippi, United States March 05, 2017 Details
March 04, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 04, 2017 Details
March 02, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States March 02, 2017 Details
February 25, 2017 cosmic_cat Harrison County, Texas, United States February 28, 2017 Details
February 27, 2017 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States February 27, 2017 Details
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