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Red Admiral butterfly

(Vanessa atalanta rubria)

Description: This is a large butterfly with a wingspan between 1 3/4 and 3 inches. The upperside is black with white spots near the forewing tips. The forewing has a red-orange median band while the hindwing has a red-orange marginal band. The underside of the leading edge of the forewing is marked with red, white, and blue; otherwise the underside is mostly a mottled gray-brown pattern.

Another nettle feeder often found along streams or in woodland openings near shade. Flies all year round. (source : http://coepark.net/pineridgeassociation/plants-animals-geology/animals/butterflies)