Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Cheshire local information

When to see: March-October

Where to see: Wide range of habitata

Behaviour: Migratory

Wingspan: 64-78mm

Caterpillar food plant: Common nettle (Urtica dioica)

Cheshire status: An annual immigrant of varying abundance, although normally common and widespread with a scattering of sightings in even the poorest years. Negligible, though increasing, numbers have hibernated successfully in the county over the last few years. Breeds in a range of habitats with largest numbers generally recorded in late summer.

Red Admiral