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Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

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Size 1 - 2"
Egg Green barrel shaped
Caterpillar Mottled black, yellow, tan and brown. Warty with spines
Host / Food Nettles, hops
Broods 2 broods in north, perhaps more south.
Habitat Just about everywhere, forest edges, rivers, shorelines, roadsides, meadows and fields.
Range North America, except artic to Central America

We always seem to have these guys around early mornings and late afternoons when they sit soaking up the first and last rays of the sun. The Red Admiral in the picture is pretty beat up, possibly from heavy thunderstorms we had a couple of days before.

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