Red admirals (Vanessa atalanta) are a very well known and widespread species of butterfly in the Nymphalidae family, the range of which covers Europe, Central Asia, North Africa, and North America.
Five interesting facts about the red admiral:
- It was first described by the Swedish biologist Carl Linnaeus in his 10th edition of Systema Naturae (1758).
- The Latin epithet atalanta refers to Atalante, a virgin huntress in Greek mythology.
- It has established itself in Hawaii, New Zealand, Bermuda, the Azores, and the Canaries.
- The males are territorial butterflies that patrol their areas in order to find female mates.
- These butterflies cannot stand winter cold and are forced to migrate southward during the winter months to warmer climates.
Red Admirals Pictures
The red admiral’s status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Least concern
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