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Red Admiral on currant
Red Admiral on currant

Red admiral
The red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, and the subfamily Nymphalinae. It is widespread in Europe, North Africa and North and Central America. Adult Vanessa atalanta reach wingspans of 50 - 65 mm. The surface of the wings is a velvety black colour. The tips of the forewings have white spots which are separated by an orange stripe. The hindwings have an orange edge. The underside has black, blue and dark brown speckles.
Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
The red admiral is found in almost every environment. It feeds on the nectar of Eupatorium or ivy blossoms and on the juices of fallen fruits. Red admiral caterpillars are black and yellow. They feed exclusively on large nettles and are solitary, living on leaves joined together with their silk. The red admiral is a migrant species and flies to Northern Europe in May. It returns to Southern Europe in October for the winter. The red admiral produces 2 new generations per year.
Butterfly - Vanessa atalanta - Red Admiral - side face
Butterfly - Vanessa atalanta - Red Admiral - side face
Nymphalidae - Red Admiral
Nymphalidae - Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta
Common namesRed Admiral, Red Admiral Butterfly
German namesAdmiral
Dutch namesAtalanta, Nummervlinder, Admiraalvlinder
Danish namesAdmiral
Finnish namesAmiraali, Amiraaliperhonen
Norwegian namesAdmiral
Swedish namesAmiral
Spanish namesNumerada, Vanesa
Italian namesVulcano, La
French namesVulcain, Amiral, Vanesse Vulcain, Chiffre, Atalante, Le
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (South England (Southeast England (Kent (East Kent (Folkestone), North Kent), Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex (East Sussex, West Sussex), Surrey county), Southwest England (Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Isles of Scilly, Dorsetshire, Devonshire), Greater London), East England (Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire)), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire), West Midlands (Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cumbria, Merseyside), Northeast England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear), Yorkshire (West Yorkshire))), Wales (Mid Wales (Brecknockshire)), Scotland), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway (Troms, Finnmark, Vestfold, Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Akershus, Buskerud, Nordland, Oslo, Rogaland, Telemark, Hedmark, Hordaland, Møre and Romsdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Oppland, Sogn and Fjordane, Sør-Trøndelag, Østfold), Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland (Åland Islands)), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)), Iceland), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica, Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees)), North France (Brittany (Ille-Et-Vilaine))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy, Central Italy (Lazio (Rome))), Iberian Peninsula (Spain (South Spain (Andalusia)), Portugal, Andorra)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia), Bosnia and Herzegovina), Bulgaria, Greece (Aegean Islands (Crete)), Albania, Moldova), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus), Malta
Far East (East Asia (Taiwan, Korea (South Korea))), South Asia (India), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan), Palestine)
Armenia, Georgia
European Russia (North European Russia (Leningrad Oblast))
South America
North America
Mexico (North Mexico (Northeast Mexico (Tamaulipas)), Central Mexico (North-Central Mexico (San Luis Potosi))), USA (Florida, Louisiana, California, Montana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas (Travis County), Mississippi, New Jersey, South Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Alabama, New York, Virginia, Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Nebraska, South Dakota, Delaware, Vermont, North Dakota), Canada (Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador), Bermuda Islands (Bermuda), Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Caribbean islands (Antilles (Greater Antilles (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola)), Bahamas)
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Macaronesia (Canary Islands, Azores, Madeira), Morocco, Sahara (West Sahara)
Hawaii, Norfolk Island


West Palaearctic

Fossils: Paleozoic,

Distribution by Synonymus:
Pyrameis atalanta   Brazil, Taiwan
CountriesAlbania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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Vanessa atalanta in Wikipedia (English)

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1. Red Admiral on currant
2. Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
3. Butterfly - Vanessa atalanta - Red Admiral - side face
4. Nymphalidae - Red Admiral
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AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
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