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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June 13, 2016 Bonnie Morrison Howard County, Texas, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 holla for the environment Ontario, Canada June 30, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 Jazzy_marquardt Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States June 29, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 brainerd Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Doug Bruce Pickett County, Tennessee, United States June 28, 2016 Details
June 19, 2016 Tindomul1of9 Bronx County, New York, United States June 27, 2016 Details
June 13, 2016 Ryan D. Larson Dane County, Wisconsin, United States June 25, 2016 Details
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June 22, 2016 Vickie Multnomah County, Oregon, United States June 25, 2016 Details
June 23, 2016 Jonathan Clark Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, United States June 24, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 dirb72 Clark County, Washington, United States June 21, 2016 Details
June 21, 2016 Carolyn Seaton York County, South Carolina, United States June 21, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 joep01 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2016 Details
June 18, 2016 candy-cane Pennsylvania, United States June 20, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 TaliceWACA Ventura County, California, United States June 20, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 PDunwiddie St Charles County, Missouri, United States June 14, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 14, 2016 Details
June 10, 2016 madamejude Ontario, Canada June 13, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 KLHelton Fairfax County, Virginia, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 22, 2015 Julesanne Garrett County, Maryland, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 aarongunnar Dodge County, Wisconsin, United States June 12, 2016 Details
April 24, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States June 12, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 CA Ivy Sebastian County, Arkansas, United States June 12, 2016 Details
April 14, 2016 snakeowl Chatham County, Georgia, United States June 11, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 WizOfWoz Suffolk County, New York, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 rdcpics York County, Pennsylvania, United States June 06, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 jms Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States June 05, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 billwx Noble County, Oklahoma, United States June 04, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States June 02, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 hdcooper British Columbia, Canada June 01, 2016 Details
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May 05, 2016 Coquitlam British Columbia, Canada June 01, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 CCTNYC New York, United States June 01, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 cblazo Franklin County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2016 Details
June 09, 2015 sgstevens Douglas County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
August 20, 2015 Laurie Montag Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Doug Bruce Crockett County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 Melinda Fawver Weakley County, Tennessee, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 PONYRCR Los Angeles County, California, United States May 30, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 D. Dodd Texas, United States, Val Verde County May 27, 2016 Details
May 17, 2016 D. Dodd Brewster County, Texas, United States May 27, 2016 Details
May 17, 2016 PDunwiddie Island County, Washington, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 Doug Bruce Loudon County, Tennessee, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 20, 2016 cosmic_cat Little River County, Arkansas, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 Doug Bruce Blount County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 15, 2016 Doug Bruce Anderson County, Tennessee, United States May 23, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 Sue Orlowski Spokane County, Washington, United States May 19, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 scfl47 Indian River County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details
May 04, 2016 ncrosbyrd Leon County, Florida, United States May 18, 2016 Details