Red Admiral Butterfly; Vanessa atalanta

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Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly egg
Adult Red Admiral Butterfly
Red Admiral Egg
Pellitory, host plant for Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly.
False Nettle, host plant for Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly.
Pellitory is a weed growing wild.
It is a host plant for the Red Admiral.
False Nettle is a weed growing in wet areas.
It is a host plant for the Red Admiral.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly caterpillars make a nest to hide.
An open nest revealing a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly caterpillar.
Caterpillars make a nest of leaves.
The nest of leaves opened
reveals a Red Admiral caterpillar.
A paper wasp (butterfly enemy) searches for a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly caterpillar.
A paper wasp (butterfly enemy) finds a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly caterpillar.
A wasp searches pellitory for caterpillars.
This Red Admiral caterpillar was found
and is about to be
lunch for someone.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly hatchling caterpillar.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly hatchling caterpillar.
A Red Admiral caterpillar folds a leaf
to make a nest for itself.
The leaf opened.
The red is a thumbnail
holding the leaf open.
A Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) caterpillar on a leaf of False Nettle.
A Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, caterpillar.
A Red Admiral caterpillar
on false nettle.
The leaf opened.
A Red Admiral caterpillar
reaching for another leaf.
Red Admiral caterpillars come in various colors, Vanessa atalanta.
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, chrysalis with wing color showing.
Red Admiral caterpillars
come in various colors.
A Red Admiral butterfly chrysalis
the day before emerging.
The red on its wings can be seen.
Red Admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta, freshly emerged from its chrysalis.
Meconium from a Red Admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta.
A freshly emerged
Red Admiral.
After emerging and pumping its wings full of fluid
the butterfly expels liquid meconium,
metabolic wastes and
the last bit of digested food
left from when it was a caterpillar.
Red Admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta, eating fruit at a feeder.
Red Admiral butterfly caterpillars roll into a ball when disturbed, Vanessa atalanta.
A Red Admiral feeds upon over ripe fruit.
Red Admirals prefer fruit over flower nectar.
The fruit is hung in a bird suet feeder.
Red Admiral caterpillars
curl into a ball when disturbed.
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta, butterfly egg production.
Red Admiral eggs.
If you catch a Red Admiral female
you can place her with her host plant.
After a while, she will lay eggs.
Two eggs are laid on the net.
For free false nettle seed,
send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
False Nettle Seed
12876 SW CR 231, Brooker, FL 32622