Looking at The Red Admiral

Looking at The Red Admiral


Posted 9th May 2018


The Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta) is a fairly large black, white and red butterfly, which is an impressive visitor to our gardens

Easy to spot, the butterfly can be spotted feeding on Buddleia and other flowers, with adults sometimes hibernating, and could be seen flying on warm days throughout the year. However, they will be at their most common during the summer and early autumn. The caterpillars will feed on Common Nettles, the Red Admiral is mainly black with broad, red stripes on the hind and forewings, with white spots near the tips of the forewings.

It can be found right across the country.

Butterflies such as the Red Admiral will happily visit your garden and are a real joy to watch. You can attract more to your garden by planting Buddleia bushes and nectar-rich borders for them to feed on, and it's also worth leaving patches of nettles for the caterpillars to enjoy. 

Text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts / image courtesy of Amy Lewis





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