Red Admiral Butterfly Caterpillars and Chrysalises
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Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta
Adult Wing Span: 1 3/4 – 3 inches
Range: Central America, North America through Canada, Hawaii, some Caribbean Islands, New Zealand, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia.
Host Plants: Many plants in the nettle family, Pellitory
Witness the miracle of metamorphosis! Caterpillars will need a food source during the larval stage. Red Admirals eat Pellitory and False Nettle. One 4" potted plant will feed 1 larvae. You may purchase your host plant from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm or from a local plant nursery. Be certain the plant has not been sprayed with insecticides, including the organic pesticide, BT. Caterpillars usually take from one to three weeks to reach pupation size.
** Butterflies can eat a great deal during the larval stage. Please be certain you have the correct amount of host plants if you are ordering larvae.**