Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta butterflies are found in ALL 50 US states. They are also found in England, Europe, Canada, and other areas of the world.

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta Laying Eggs

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Laying Eggs

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta Hidden in Folded Leaf

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Hidden in Folded Leaf

Red Admiral Caterpillar  Folded Leaf Opened

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Folded Leaf Opened

Red Admiral Caterpillar is Inside Leaf Nest

Red Admiral Butterfly
Caterpillar is Inside Leaf Nest

Red Admiral Caterpillar Colors Range Greatly

Red Admiral Caterpillars
Colors Range Greatly
Black, Light Wine, Green

Red Admiral Caterpillar Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Caterpillar
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Caterpillar In Pellitory Host Plant

Red Admiral Caterpillar
In Pellitory Host Plant

Red Admiral Butterfly Very Young Caterpillar

Red Admiral Butterfly
Very Young Caterpillar

Red Admiral Butterfly Chrysalis/Pupa

Red Admiral Butterfly
Chrysalis/Pupa

Freshly Emerged Red Admiral Butterfly

Freshly Emerged
Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly Perching
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Butterfly Banana/Apple in Suet Feeder

Red Admiral Butterfly
Banana/Apple in Suet Feeder

Red Admiral Butterfly Banana Lunch

Red Admiral Butterfly
Banana Lunch

The name originally wasn’t ‘Admiral’ but ‘admirable’.

Their host plants include nettles (Uritca species), pellitory (Parietoria sp), and false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica).

Red Admiral adult butterflies enjoy fruit and flower nectar. Fruit can be added to a garden to help attract Red Admirals as well as other fruit loving butterflies.

They are more readily found in moist environments, where nettle and pellitory grow wild.

Caterpillars fold leaves and stay inside the folded leaf when they are not eating. As they grow, they make nests by sewing two or more leaves together.

Male Red Admiral butterflies are territorial. They will choose a spot as their own territory. A male will sit or perch on a leaf or other item that gives it a clear view of his territory. Anything that enters his territory is often investigated. If it is a female Red Admiral, he will court her. If it is anything else, he will try to chase it away from his area.

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