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Red Admiral - Vanessa atlanta

The Red Admiral Butterfly comes into the yard sporadically. They have two broods each year one in the Spring and a Second in the Fall. This particular butterfly had just about worn itself out. Portions of the wings are missing and the edges frayed. The latin name for the Red Admiral Butterfly is Vanessa atlanta. The Red Admiral Butterfly eats stinging nettles and other plants in the Urticaceae family. The stinging nettle would not likely be the first choice in ornamental plants in my garden, though it is both edible and a medicinal plant. This adult Red Admiral Butterfly was eating a bit of nectar from the Strawberry Tree flowers here in this picture.

Red Admiral Butterfly, Vanessa atlanta

Adult butterfly sipping nectar from a Strawberry Tree - Red Admiral Butterfly - Vanessa atlanta. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

The Red Admiral nectar feeds from thistles and plants in the daisy family
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Achillea clavennae
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Achillea Hoffnung
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Achillea lanulosa
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Arctotis gumbletonii
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Argyranthemum Chelsea Girl * Silver Marguerite
Argyranthemum Madeira Cherry Red * Madeira Cherry Red Marguerite
Asteriscus maritimus
Asteriscus sericeus
Catananche caerulea * Cupid's Dart
Centaurea cyanus * Bachelor's Button
Centaurea gymnocarpa * Pink Dusty Miller
Centaurea montana * Perennial Bachelor's Button, Mountain Bluet
Chaenactis artemisiifolia * White Pincushion
Chrysactinia mexicana * Damianita
Chrysothamnus nauseosus * Rabbit Brush
Cirsium occidentale * Cobwebby Thistle
Coreopsis bigelovii * Bigelow's Coreopsis, Desert Coreopsis
Cosmos atrosanguineus * Chocolate Cosmos
Cosmos sulphureus * Sulfur Cosmos
Dahlia imperialis Tree Dahlia
Encelia californica * California Brittlebush, Coast Sunflower
Encelia farinosa * Brittlebush
Encelia Paleo Yellow * Paleo Yellow Brittlebush
Erigeron argentatus * Silver Fleabane
Erigeron Bountiful * Bountiful Seaside Daisy
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Erigeron Sea Breeze * Sea Breeze Seaside Daisy, Pink Seaside Daisy
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Erigeron Wayne Roderick * Wayne Roderick Seaside Daisy
Eriophyllum confertiflorum * Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum staechadifolium * Seaside Golden Yarrow
Euryops virgineus * Honey Euryops
Gaillardia aristata Arizona Apricot Arizona Apricot Blanketflower
Gaillardia grandiflora Blanketflower
Geraea canescens * Hairy Desert Sunflower
Gnaphalium californicum * Pearly Everlasting
Grindelia camporum * Great Valley Gumweed, Great Valley Gump Plant
Lasthenia californica * Goldfields
Layia platyglossa * Tidy Tips
Leptosyne bigelovii
Leucanthemum superbum Shasta Daisy
Malacothrix glabrata * Desert Dandylion
Osteospermum Blue Eyed Beauty * Blue Eyed Beauty African Daisy
Osteospermum ecklonis Spider White * Spider White African Daisy
Osteospermum fruticosum * Freeway Daisy
Rafinesquia neomexicana * Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed
Ratibida columnifera * Mexican Hat Flower, Upright Prarie Coneflower
Rudbeckia Tiger Eye * Black Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy
Senecio confusus * Mexican Flame Vine
Solidago californica * California Goldenrod
Stokesia Blue Danube
Stokesia Peachies Pink
Stokesia Purple Parasols
Tagetes lemmonii * Bush Marigold
Tagetes lucida * Mexican Tarragon
Venegasia carpesioides * Canyon Sunflower