Red Admiral butterfly – 5/7/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/7/11

Observation Time: 11:40 a.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Red Admiral butterfly

Scientific Name: Vanessa atalanta

Comments: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.

More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America

Red Admiral Butterfly