Vanessa atalanta rubria

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta is a widespread butterfly (North America, Asia, Europe), and also a garden visitor, though I wouldn't call it "common". They feed on nettles, including ornamental varieties such as Baby's Tears. The coloration - the red stripes set against black - is striking, as is the detail on the ventral side of the wings. Always a welcome garden visitor.

Vanessa atalanta rubria - Red Admiral
The Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta rubria, in my garden in Long Beach on July 13, 2005.
Vanessa atalanta rubria - Red Admiral
The underside of the Red Admiral makes for good camouflage. El Dorado Park Nature Center, February 7, 2006.

©Dennis Walker