Friday, 11 May 2007

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Adult Red Admiral (subspecies V. a. atlanta) at Geddington, Northants - September 2010

OTHER NAMES: The Admirable
Featured Subspecies: Vanessa atlanta atlanta
Length: ?
Wingspan: 40-50mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

One of the larger and more striking common butterflies - red admirals will be one of the most familiar butterflies to most people in the UK. They often turn up on buddleia but can also be found on overripe fruit and other flowers. Their distinctive red black and white colouration makes them unmistakable once you are familiar with them.

Related Species:
Family: Nymphalidae 
Genus: Vanessa
SUBSPECIES: V. a. atlanta, V. a. rubria

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species
 - Seen in GeddingtonBrigstock and numerous other locations

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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