Species Page: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Common resident/migrant

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: – Eurasia, northern Africa and most of North America south of arctic areas. Reported from all parts of Nebraska.

Larval Hostplant(s): Stinging and wood nettles (Urtica dioica and Laportea canadensis), Pennsylvania pellitory (Parietaria pennsylvanica) and bog hemp (Boehmeria cylindrica) are recorded hostplants found in Nebraska.

Broods/Flight Times: Multiple broods after arrival. There are records from early April to early November.

Overwintering: Overwinter as adults as winters permit.

Habitat: Equally at home in a wide variety of habitats.

Avg. Wingspan: 1 3/4 – 3 inches

Found at:

Similar Species: None

Notes: Found in every Nebraska county.

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