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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

Images 4, 5, 6 contributed by U.K.
photographer Deborah Lovell.

Also known as a Red Admirable.

   Red Admirals prefer to dwell in the warmer parts of Mexico, USA, northern Canada, Newfoundland, Churchill, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Europe and northern regions of Asia, Africa. 

   They fly during during both day and night. 

   The males defend and fight other males for the protection of the females.

   They are unafraid of humans and are often found calmly sitting on them.

    During the winter, they live for about 9 months.        However, in the summer, their life spans are reduced to about 4 – 6 months. 

   Red Admirals are not considered endangered.


   * To many cultures, the Red Admiral symbolizes the soul or the spirit.     

   Some traditional cultures consider them to be a transformation of the soul or a resurrection. 

Red Admiral crysalis.jpg
Red Admital Caterpillar

Avg. Wingspan: 5 - 8 cm / 2 - 3.15" 

Diet:  Adults feed on fermenting fruits, sap of the trees, flowers, milkweed, flower weed and aster. 

* Being Brush-footed butterflies, Red Admirals have a short pair of fore legs that are used to taste food, and two pairs of longer rear legs that are used for propulsion.
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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