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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August 04, 2015 Donna Sue Maller Dawson Ventura County, California, 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
August 02, 2015 tom nolan Cape May County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 runneral Burlington County, New Jersey, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 MarFole Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2015 Details
August 18, 2015 CenLAbutterfly Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 Nancy Hamlett Escambia County, Florida, United States August 18, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Chesaloosa Caroline County, Maryland, United States August 18, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 n_meadows_jr Alexandria City County, Virginia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 07, 2015 Ken Cheeks Burke County, Georgia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Ken Cheeks Richmond County, Georgia, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Jonathan Clark Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States August 17, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 JoeMiller Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States August 16, 2015 Details
July 28, 2015 labon010 Fillmore County, Minnesota, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Niayre Cobb County, Georgia, United States August 14, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
June 30, 2015 Tagnrocky Hamilton County, Indiana, United States August 11, 2015 Details
July 07, 2015 hmclin York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 philohela Cochise County, Arizona, United States August 08, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States August 08, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 Niayre DeKalb County, Georgia, United States August 07, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 Jack Senzig Juneau County, Wisconsin, United States August 06, 2015 Details
June 22, 2015 Christy101 Johnson County, Kansas, United States August 04, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 kinuko Snohomish County, Washington, United States August 03, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 tmk.gregg Ontario, Canada August 03, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Marie2 New Brunswick, Canada August 02, 2015 Details
August 01, 2015 Doug Bruce Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 EPIMEDIUM McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 16, 2015 jhauser42 Erie County, New York, United States July 31, 2015 Details
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