Butterflies - Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
The Red Admiral is a common and regular migrant to the UK which in mild winters also survives here (primarily in the south of England) so some of the population are from resident stock.
This large black butterfly with a flash of vivid orange-red across its forewings and around the edge of its rear wings and a splatter of white spots towards its wing-tips is a common sight in our gardens during mid-late summer. They are often found nectaring on garden Buddleias, Michaelmas Daisy or Ice Plant or during late summer/early autumn seen feeding, often in large numbers on flowering Ivy and rotting fruit in gardens and orchards.
Sightings of the Red Admiral can continue well into November on sunny days and they are often reported during December, January and February when almost all other species of butterfly are unlikely to be seen.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Common Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Small Nettle (Urtica urens)
Pellitory-of-the-wall (Parietaria judaica)
Hop (Humulus lupulus)
Anywhere in the UK where abundant nectar sources are available and Common Nettle, the larval food plant can be found.
Migrant in Warwickshire.
Can be seen anywhere in the region.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Red Admiral is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Red Admiral butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.