Red admiral

Back to Butterfly Index

Red Admiral

Red Admiral 
Vanessa atalanta

Wing span: 
1 3/4 to 3  inches 

Caterpillar hosts plants: 
foliage of  elm, and members of the nettle family (Urticaceae) including hop, Humulus

Adult food:  
bird droppings, fermenting fruit, rotting fruit, tree sap

marshes, moist fields, moist woods, parks, seeps, yards  

females lay eggs singly on tops of host leaves, hibernates as adult, males perch (especially on ridgetops) to locate females, puddles. 

Back to Butterfly Index