Both the admiral and the lady are in the family lineage Nymphalidae. They dot spring, summer and fall skies with tinges of orange and red- lazily dancing among the streets, meadows, and hilltops of europe, north america and asia. Liennaus was the first to discover them in 1758.
Found throughout the palaeartic, neartic ecozones, they are migrant butterflies. A blessed gift to have through out our dirty city streets. They survive off of sweet nectar of commoners like nettle, thistle and hawkweed. If you spend the time and look closely you may see a caterpillar or chrysalis.

Flight period: April- October.
Eggs: May- August
Caterpillar May- September
Chrysalis: May, June, August, September





Vanessa atalanta (Red Admiral)

Host Plants:
Helxine soleiroliaecae “Baby Tears”
Humulus lupulus “Hops Vine”
Parietaria “Pellitory of the wall”
Urticaceae “Nettle family”

Nectar Sources:
Cirsium ” thistle family”
Dipsacus fullonum “Teasel”
Eupatorium Cannabinum “Hemp Agrimony”
Hedera helix ” Ivy”
Ligustrum vulgare “Privet”
Rubus fruticosus “Bramble”
Pulicaria dysenterica “Fleabane”





Vanessa cardui (Painted Lady)

Host Plants :
Asteraceae “Aster family”
Boraginaceae”Borage Family”
Cirsium “Thistle family”
Malvaceae” Mallow Family”
*Urticaeae “Nettle family”

Nectar plants:
Ajuga reptans “Bugle weed”
Centaura “Knapweeds”
Cirsium “Thistles ”
Calluna vulgaris” Heather ”
Hedera helix, “Ivy”
Heiracium/hypchoeris, “Hawkweeds”
Ligustrum vulgare “Privet”
Lotus coriculatus,”Birds foot tree foil ”
Senecio “Ragworts”
Trifolium patense “Red clover”

The plants below have been hereby approved acceptable host and nectar plants by the royal couple. The Vanessa can also be flexible so don’t be surprised if you find them elsewhere.