Red Admiral Butterfly
Vanessa atalanta

Winter form of Red Admiral
Pete Williams, Gulf Breeze, Florida
October 2010

Identification: Oplar, USGS Internet pages, Butterflies of Alabama. The adult Red Admiral butterfly has a wing span of 1- to 3 inches. The upperside is black with white spots near the apex. The forewing has a red median band, and the hindwing has a red marginal band. The winter form of this butterfly is small and duller; the summer form is larger and brighter with an interrupted forewing band. Its preferred habitat is moist woods, yards, parks, marshes, seeps and fields.

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