Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

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Red Admiral nectaring on Pentas

The Red Admirals is very large, extending throughout all of the US, most of Canada, New Zealand, N. Africa, Eurasia and few other places.

Host plants include: Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), False Nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica) and Hops (Humulus Lupulus).

Eggs are light green and laid singly on top of host plant leaves. The small caterpillars make a nest of leaves with silk.

Adults feed on flower nectar, rotting fruit, sap and dung.

Adult from side, feeding on rotting banana.



Another view with wings closed.

Wings all the way open, but from a distance.




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