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In the Western Hemisphere red admirals range from northern Canada, throughout the United States and Mexico and as far south as Guatemala. In Florida they are usually found in hammocks, marshes, swamps and along canals.
Favored host plants are herbs in the nettle (Urticaceae) family, particlularly false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica), burning nettle (Urtica urens) and pellitory (Parietaria floridana).
Vanessa atalanta is a member of the Nymphalidae - Brush-footed butterflies family.
Butterflies through Binoculars Jeffrey Glassberg; Marc C. Minno; John V. Calhoun
A field, finding and gardening guide to the butterflies of Florida
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Butterfly enthusiasts, nature lovers, and curious general readers will perhaps be surprised to learn that Florida's butterfly fauna is unique--and that, until the appearance of this volume, there has been no adequate field guide for the butterflies of this region. This guide simplifies identification by illustrating only species found in Florida--using superb photographs of live butterflies coupled with detailed range maps and identification data. It also offers, with unprecedented detail, much information on flight times and abundances for each of five Florida subregions, including reports on 70 localities in which to find butterflies. Lastly, discussions of the foodplants for each species along with suggestions for attracting these species to one's garden make this work invaluable for all Florida gardeners interested in butterflies.
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