Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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DISTRIBUTION in North Carolina: Statewide, undoubtedly occurring in all 100 counties.
ABUNDANCE in North Carolina: Fairly common over most of the state, but least numerous in the Piedmont, where often uncommon. Usually not colonial, but at times ten or more may be seen in a day. Quite common in parts of the state in 2001, which was a surprising "invasion" year.
FLIGHT PERIOD in North Carolina: Probably three broods with no clear gaps in the flight periods except for a brood break in mid-June in the Piedmont; ranges from late March to late October, very rarely in midwinter.
Distribution, abundance, flight period, and map information provided by Notes on the Butterflies of North Carolina.
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) 08/20/05 · Ashe County, NC
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) 08/20/05 · Ashe County, NC