red admiral

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red admiral

a nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa atalanta, of temperate Europe and Asia, having black wings with red and white markings

Red Admiral


(Pyrameis atalanta), a diurnal butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It has a wingspread of 5–6 cm. The front wings are black on top, with white spots and an oblique red crossband on the apex; the hind wings are black with a red marginal strip. The red admiral is encountered on the edges of forests, in parks, and in gardens of Europe and Asia (Siberia). Its flying period is from July through September, whereas butterflies which have hibernated are active in the spring. The caterpillar lives on the leaves of the nettle and the thistle. The butterfly does not harm cultivated plants.

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The Red Admiral butterfly can be seen in almost any habitat from seashores to town centres (c)Disney and from valleys to mountaintops.
TEESSIDE has been fortunate to enjoy a flood of red admirals during September.
Results from the Big Butterfly Count show the striking red admirals saw numbers rise by 75% compared to 2016, with more than 73,000 spotted by the public during the three-week survey.
In this country fellow-travellers include red admirals, two or three species of clouded yellow butterflies, and silver-Y and humming-bird hawk moths.
The small tortoiseshell enjoyed its best year for a decade last summer but migrants, including red admirals and painted lady, struggled.
Red Admiral has proved consistent, although he was no match for Punchestowns at Newbury in November, since when he has benefited from a break, trainer Charlie Mann said yesterday.
Red Admiral, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell all love Buddleja.
Wildlife-friendly plants are a plus for the Snowdonia Wildlife Gardening Partnership awards: pictured, a red admiral on a buddleia
Stinging nettles are vital if you want to attract some of our most colourful butterflies, such as the peacock and red admiral.
The men broke into a flat above the Red Admiral pub in Boston Avenue just before 1am on Sunday, before forcing their way into the bar and assaulting the member of staff.
Garden favourite the Small Tortoiseshell enjoyed its best year for a decade last summer, while Peacocks, Small and Large White also had good years, but migrants including Red Admiral and Painted Lady struggled.
Now it has created a series of ales named after butterflies, including Red Admiral, Orange-tip, and Gatekeeper.