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Red admiral

A species of Ladies and red admiral, Also known as Red admirable, Northern red admiral
Scientific name : Vanessa atalanta Genus : Ladies and red admiral

Red admiral, A species of Ladies and red admiral
Also known as:
Red admirable, Northern red admiral
Botanical name: Vanessa atalanta
Genus: Ladies and red admiral
Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) Photo By dloarie , used under CC-BY-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original

Description

Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a visually striking species of butterfly. Unusually territorial, males will compete for choice areas, and females will only mate with males that maintain their own territories. This butterfly is known for being particularly patient with human interactions, even to the point of perching on clothing or flesh.
Colors
Brown
Black
White
Orange
Habitat
forest; garden; park
Adult Food Sources
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.
Larva Food Source
Caterpillar eats leaves of hops, nettles, false nettle, and pellitory.
Biting/stinging
Not reported
Allergy-causing
Not reported
Pollinator
Yes
The Red admiral is often found near the corolla, where the fluffy hairs are easily covered with pollen, which can help pollinate the plant.
Phytophagous
Yes
The Red admiral feeds on plants and usually does not cause a major problem. However, If you observe the number getting larger, you need to take it seriously.

People often ask

Are Red admiral harmful?

Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a visually striking species of butterfly. Unusually territorial, males will compete for choice areas, and females will only mate with males that maintain their own territories. This butterfly is known for being particularly patient with human interactions, even to the point of perching on clothing or flesh.

Harmful to human

Harmful to human

Some larvae of tortoiseshell butterflies feed on milkweed, which is a poisonous plant containing cardiac glycosides, so the larvae are poisonous. Although poisonous, these butterflies will not directly affect humans if not swallowed. Touching the larvae of certain tortoiseshell butterflies may cause a rash.

General Info

Species Status

It is widely distributed across temperate regions of North Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. It resides in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring and sometimes again in autumn.

Distribution Area

Temperate regions of North Africa, North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and island regions of Hawaii and the Caribbean

Appearance

Vanessa atalanta, the red admiral or previously, the red admirable, is a well-characterized, medium-sized butterfly with black wings, orange bands, and white spots. It has a wingspan of about 5 cm. The forewing of this butterfly bears on a black ground an oblique vermilion band and a group of white subapical spots. Sometimes, especially in the female, the red band of the forewing bears a small white spot in the middle. Red admiral larvae measure approximately 2.5 cm in length. Their coloration is variable, but they are usually black with white spots and spines.

AdultSize

Wingspan 5 - 6 cm

How to identify it?

Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) Photo By dloarie , used under CC-BY-4.0 /Cropped and compressed from original
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