Red Admiral butterfly – 5/7/11
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 5/7/11
Observation Time: 11:40 a.m.
Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road
Common Name: Red Admiral butterfly
Scientific Name: Vanessa atalanta
Comments: Red Admirals prefer sap flows on trees, fermenting fruit, and bird droppings; visiting flowers only when these are not available. Then they will nectar at common milkweed, red clover, aster, and alfalfa, among others.
More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America