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Yellow Admiral Butterfly, Lepidoptera Image: Bruce Hulbert
© Bruce Hulbert

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    itea
    Genus
    Vanessa
    Subfamily
    Nymphalinae
    Family
    Nymphalidae
    Super Family
    Papilionoidea
    Order
    Lepidoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5 cm

Introduction

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

Identification

Each forewing has a blue eyespot underneath.

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 history 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.