Vanessa atalanta


Common Names: Red admiral
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Butterflies


The Red Admiral has a 1.8 to 2.0 inch wing span. This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the fore wings and on the outer edge of the hind wings; white spots on the dorsal fore wings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings.

The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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