Red Admiral

Red Admiral ((Vanessa atalanta), first reported on our butterfly page by Barry Saxifrage, and spotted on Cortes Island near Salmonberry Lane in June 2021.

The distinctive black, orange and white red admiral is one of the most commonly seen butterflies, with a range extending from New Zealand to North America. It is a mid-sized butterfly with a wingspan of four to eight centimetres. The red admiral feeds on a variety of foods including sap, nettle, hops, fermenting fruit and even bird droppings. Read more in this Nature Conservancy Canada page.

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