There was an absolute explosion of Red Admiral Butterflies around the Barn these last few weeks. I have a special place in my heart for this butterfly as it is the first species I looked up on my own as a young naturalist. There were two of them swirling and dancing over the garden of my childhood home. I could barely get a look at them as they landed for mere seconds before flitting off again. It was a good challenge for picking up field markings. Their presence is just one of the many things that brings Spring to my heart.
- Red Admiral Butterfly
- Vanessa atalanta
- 1 3/4″- 3″ wingspan
- Caterpillar host plants are generally in the nettle family
- Adult foods include sap flows, fermenting fruit (hello compost pile), and bird droppings