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Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta
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.
North America, West Indies, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
Hammocks, marshes, swamps, yards, parks, and moist fields.
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).
Caterpillars feed on leaves of host plants.
Garden abundance is low to moderate.

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