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Close-up photo of live Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) dorsal view

Sand Cr, Klamath Co, June 25

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

AKA Red Admirable

Size: Up to 2.5 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Unmistakable. Above black with red-orange band across FW, and white bar and spots near FW tip. HW above black with orange-red marginal band with small black spots and two black ringed blue spots at the anal angle. HW below a mosaic of brown, gray and black, with a thin paleblue submarginal line.  FW below bold pinkish orange band as above, below band mostly black, above band black with white bar and spots and blue ring, wingtip mottled grays and browns with small spots.

Similar species: Unlike any other species.  

Hostplant: Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).

Habitat: May be found in any habitat. 

Range: Throughout Oregon.

Season: Any time of year, but mostly  May to October.

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Secure

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