Red Admiral
( Vanessa atalanta )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Vanessa atalanta
(Linnaeus ,1758 )
Common Name:Red Admiral
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Subfamily:Nymphalinae
Tribe:Nymphalini
Genus:Vanessa
Taxon Code:LEP00335
ITIS/TSN:188599

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
Above, adult is dark brown to black with a broad red band on the hind wings and red stripe diagonally across each forewing; tips of forewings have a pattern of white spots. Below, the leading edge of the forewing is marked with red, white and blue; otherwise mostly mottled grey/brown.
Child Taxa
Vanessa atalanta rubria

BIOLOGY
Caterpillar makes a larval shelter, either tying up the leaves of a shoot tip, or usually later in the life cycle rolling a leaf.
Food
Caterpillar feeds on various plants in the nettle family (Urticaceae).
Range
Almost cosmopolitan. In North America it enters the northern part every year and dies out.

CREDITS
Photographer
Jim Ryugo
Park Maintenance, City of Oakland

References
Species Vanessa atalanta - Red Admiral. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/448). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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