Butterflies of Lithuania: Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a species of butterfly in the Nymphalidae family that is widely distributed across temperate regions of North Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.




Five interesting facts about the red admiral:


  • It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in his 10th edition of Systema Naturae (1758).
  • The characteristic coloration of the butterly is a black hindwing with a red-orange marginal band; the dorsal forewing is also black with white markings near the apex.
  • It has a wingspan of about 5 cm (2 inches).
  • These butterflies cannot stand extreme winter cold and are forced to migrate southward during the winter months to warmer climates.
  • They are considered to be people-friendly butterflies that will approach and perch on human beings.

Butterfly
Red Admiral, Lithuania

Red Admiral
Red Admiral, Lithuania

Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral, Lithuania

Red Admiral
Red Admiral, Lithuania

Red Admiral
Red Admiral, Lithuania

Red Admiral
Red Admiral, Lithuania



Have you seen a red admiral? Do you like these butterflies? Feel free to post a comment below.


Vanessa atalanta






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