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Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta
Nymphalidae
Description:
Medium sized butterfly measuring up to 3" in length. The upperside is black in color with white spots, a red median band, and a red marginal band. The winter form is smaller and duller, summer form larger and brighter.
Range:
North America, West Indies, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
Habitat(s):
Hammocks, marshes, swamps, yards, parks, and moist fields.
Reproduction:
Eggs are laid on the tops of host plant leaves.
Natural History:
Larval host plants include: Button-hemp (Boehmeria cylindrica) and Florida pellitory (Parietaria floridana). Nectar plants include: utton-hemp (Boehmeria cylindrica).
Food:
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants.
Comments:
Garden abundance is low to moderate.



 
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