Red Admiral

Vanessa Atalanta

Family Nymphalidae 
  • Colouring – Black wings with bright red bands and white markings on the wing tips.
  • Life span – Depending on weather conditions, the Red Admiral can survive for up to 10 months.
  • Immigrant – Appears to have settled in the south of England permanently.
  • Caterpillar egg colour – Black / light grey with yellow zig zag lines, also hair on the top of the caterpillar.
  • Eggs to caterpillar – 10 days.
  • Food for the caterpillar – Common stinging nettles.
  • Food for the butterfly – Common stinging nettles, buddleia, and rotting fruit. 
Special features

Likes rising early. Excellent camouflage – when their wings are closed together it is extremely difficult to detect the Red Admiral, the outer colour coating is the same colour as the bark on trees. Found in orchards, gardens, tree trunks and on stoney grounds.