Butterfly Macros: Red Admiral

Max Buchheit

OTTAWA, Canada

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Macro of a muted Red Admiral found in the Fletcher Conservation area in Ottawa, Ontario. July , 2012

Here’s more detail from
onnaturemagazine.com/butterfly-and-moth-guide

Vanessa atalanta
Family: Nymphalidae
Wingspan: 45 – 57 mm, a mid-size butterfly

Description: black and dark brown wings, forewings crossed by a red median band, hindwings edged in reddish-orange, underside of forewing with blue, pink and white, underside of hindwings mottled brown.

Larva: up to 40mm; black with many-branched black or yellow spikes, yellow-white dots along sides

Range: throughout Ontario

Habitat: woods, fields, even city gardens

Larval foodplant: nettle, sometimes on cultivated hops

Flight Season: mid-April to October

Overwintering stage: adult
True fact: Red admirals often claim and vigorously defend a territory against other males of their own kind, choosing exposed hilltops and tree trunks as lookout points. In the northern part of its range, in some years this species has been plentiful, while in other years, almost absent. This has led lepidopterists to speculate that this species may be migratory.

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