Butterflies - Mid Wales

Red Admiral

Now officially resident. Only recently has the red admiral started overwintering in Wales. This photo was taken on the 2nd February 2007 and shows a red admiral nectaring on Viburnum farreri. Previously, all red admirals migrated up from the continent each spring as many still do.

Name: Red Admiral

Latin: Vanessa atalanta

Family: Nymphalidae

Origin: Wales

Food plant: Stinging Nettles

Red admiral from behind