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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
  • Habitat
  • Status
  • Key Sites
  • Links
  • Photographs

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.

Find out more about the Red Admiral online at the following links;

Flight Chart
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.

Red Admiral Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Red Admiral - 2011 records / distribution. Red Admiral - 2010 records / distribution. Red Admiral - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Red AdmiralRed Admiral © Steven Cheshire - Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Red Admiral submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

10/01/2018 Bermuda Park, Nuneaton

07/02/2017 The Raywoods, Nuneaton

20/02/2016 Fenwick Drive, Rugby

09/01/2015 Warwick / Coventry

16/02/2014 Warwick

05/03/2013 Knightcote

27/01/2012 New Street, Baddesley Ensor

28/03/2011 Garden/Field Peacock House, Oxhill

02/02/2010 Baddesley Ensor

27/02/2009 Furnace End

17/01/2008 Warwick

19/01/2007 Wolston

Other Species

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