Animal Species:Yellow Admiral

The Yellow Admiral is a striking butterfly with black and orange colourings and a large yellow patch on its wings.

Australian Admiral Butterfly

 © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Yellow Admiral

Alternative Name/s

Australian Admiral

Identification

Each forewing has a blue eyespot underneath.

Size range

5 cm

Habitat

The Yellow Admiral lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Yellow Admiral butterfly has a habit of resting vertically on walls, fences and tree trunks and is commonly seen in urban gardens feeding on flowers.

Life cycle

The female Yellow Admirals search for plants in the nettle family, including stinging nettles, on which to lay their eggs. When the brown, spiky larvae emerge, they feed on the nettles.

Classification

Species:
itea
Genus:
Vanessa
Subfamily:
Nymphalinae
Family:
Nymphalidae
Superfamily:
Papilionoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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