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Latin name: Vanessa atalanta
size: 5 - 6 cm
Older: 1 - 2 years
Appearance: dark brown ground color, in the middle red bandage, outsides black with white spots
Sexual dimorphism: Yes
Nutrition typePhotos: Nectareater (nektarivor)
food: Flower nectar
original origin: unknown
Sleep-wake rhythm: diurnal
habitat: Forest, meadow
natural enemies: Birds
sexual maturity: after about 40 days
mating season: May - June (Central Europe)
social behavior: Loners
Threatened with extinction: No
Further profiles of animals can be found in the Encyclopaedia.
Interesting about the admiral
- The admiral, or Vanessa atalanta, describes a noble butterfly butterfly that is native to Europe and Asia as well as America, Africa and New Zealand.
- It inhabits different areas and can be found in the lowlands as well as in locations of up to 2500 meters altitude.
- The Admiral is a very adaptable butterfly, which depending on the climatic conditions and with the change of the seasons, can make long hikes and overwinter mostly in the south.
- The admiral inhabits various open landscapes and is often found in forest clearings and meadows. In the late summer months and fall, he also likes to spend time in human settlements, where he is attracted to fallen fruits and various flowering plants such as the butterfly lilac.
- The admiral reaches a wingspan of about five or six centimeters and is unmistakable by the characteristic coloring of its wings.
- The tops of the wings appear in a dark brown ground color, in the middle shows a bright red bandage. The black outsides show several white spots and dots.
- In Central Europe, the Admiral is from June to early fall. Those moths that overwinter fly all year round.
- The adult butterflies feed primarily on the flower nectar of various perennials such as butterfly lilac, phlox, goldenrod or Wasserdost, but also like to suck on fallen fruit and beer.
- The mating takes place in Central Europe in May or June.
- The female admiral drops eggs, which are of oval form and light green color.
- Since stinging nettles are the preferred food source of the caterpillars, the female clings the egg to the tender shoots of these plants.
- The caterpillars are about four inches long and, depending on the area of distribution, brown, black or yellow. Dark specimens show clear bright spots and yellow thorns.
- The feeding phase of the caterpillars takes about four weeks. After pupation, the moth hatches after about fourteen days.
- The Admiral reaches sexual maturity about forty days after hatching.
- In October, the moths fly to their winter quarters in more southern areas.
- The life expectancy of the admiral is one or two years.
- The moths serve various bird species as an important food source.