A flying whirlygig whose red-orange stripe is often obscured in flght. 


Open areas.

Flight Period

Throughout warm weather.

Caterpillar Foodplants

Nettles (Urtica) and other plants in the nettle family (Urticaceae), including Boehmeria cylindrica.

Other Notes

A case of confused identity, this species isn't an admiral but rather is a lady.  Like other ladies, it cannot withstand freezing temperatures and so does not survive the winter northward.  It's movements northward in the spring and summer are sometimes spectacular, with millions of individuals moving northward over a front extending hundreds of miles from east tot west.

Scientific Information

Scientific Name - Vanessa atalanta