Red Admiral

Name: Red Admiral

Scientific name: Vanessa atalanta

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly large black, white and red butterfly with a wingspan of about 7cm. Adults sometimes hibernate, and may be seen flying on warm days throughout the year, although they are most common in the summer and early autumn. A frequent visitor to gardens where they feed on buddleia and other flowers. The caterpillars feed on stinging nettles.

How to identify: Unmistakeable. A large, mainly black butterfly with broad red stripes on the wings and yello spots near the end.

Where: Found right across the country.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 20
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 90

Fantastic fact: Most Red Admirals are migrants to the UK from the continent.

Photograph credit: Keith Warmington/

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