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 04, 2015 N Weasel Santa Clara County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 Joshua Lonuzzo Ontario, Canada July 28, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 blackraven935 Bonneville County, Idaho, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 Melinda Fawver Marshall County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 26, 2015 Doug Bruce Maury County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
January 29, 2015 Ron Smith Pinellas County, Florida, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 South Laurel Laurel County, Kentucky, United States July 26, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 davidg111 Thurston County, Washington, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 jvkopple2 Kalkaska County, Michigan, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 Mluna25 Queens County, New York, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 joannireland@gmail.com Thurston County, Washington, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 Dan Copeland Ontario, Canada July 23, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 greatsouth203 New York, United States July 23, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 jrossbell@gmail.com Morgan County, Kentucky, United States July 23, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 rocksnstars Oxford County, Maine, United States July 22, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 PONYRCR Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 genevieveday Thurston County, Washington, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 787 guy Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 AnnL Todd County, Minnesota, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 l.e.donnelly Ontario, Canada July 20, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Jeff Trahan Madison Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 stephen stedman Pickett County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 18, 2015 cedarbees Wilson County, Tennessee, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 Shane Miller Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States July 19, 2015 Details
May 05, 2014 Tindomul1of9 Queens County, New York, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 Mluna25 Queens County, New York, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 19, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 miller.je2 Fauquier County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 RengeReine Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 2mama2 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 15, 2015 Homegardener3816 Fairfax County, Virginia, United States July 17, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Sue Orlowski Lincoln County, Washington, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 4wildlife Illinois, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Kzfisherman McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 14, 2015 gothiclibrarian Marion County, Indiana, United States July 14, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 787 guy Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 jigamaree Houston County, Minnesota, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Suziesmiles Emmet County, Michigan, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 maria.hoffman6@gmail.com Suffolk County, New York, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 JNOEL Kings County, New York, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 KZelewsky Cook County, Illinois, United States July 12, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 treichard Ontario, Canada July 12, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 jhauser42 Erie County, New York, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States July 10, 2015 Details