Red-Spotted Purple

Red Admiral

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta

The Red Admiral is a thistle butterfly that is found in north temperate climates around the world. It prefers open woodland and can be found around Butterfly Bush. The butterfly measures 2 - 2.3" across.

Food sources for the larva are nettles, false nettles, wood nettles, pellitory and possible hops.

While the are found in the very far north in the summer months, they cannot survive the cold climate, so they migrate south and recolonize the north in the spring.

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