Red Admiral Butterfly Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tiffany Hightower

Tiffany is a certified elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. in English, education certification and a master's degree in education from Central Michigan University.

Red Admiral Butterflies are beautiful with unique traits and features that will surprise you. In this lesson, you will learn a variety of amazing facts about Red Admiral Butterflies.

What Are Red Admiral Butterflies?

Do you enjoy going outside on a bright, beautiful and sunny day? If so, you have probably come across a wonderful butterfly fluttering across a yard or near flowers. You probably stopped for a moment to view its awesome beauty.

Would you be surprised if you saw the beautiful butterfly feasting on rotten fruit? Well, if you came across a Red Admiral Butterfly, you may observe this.

Scientists call the Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta. It has large and delightful wings that have a brownish, black color. Its wings also feature reddish bands with a pattern of white spots towards the front of the wings. In addition, its wingspan can be as wide as three inches.

The Red Admiral Butterfly is known for its unique wing colors and design.

Although there are a large variety of types of butterflies, you can spot the Red Admiral Butterfly by its unique colors and pattern. If you identify the Red Admiral Butterfly outdoors and show your friends and family, you will look like a cool biologist.

Where Do Red Admiral Butterflies Live?

You have probably seen birds migrating when the weather becomes cooler. An interesting fact about Red Admiral Butterflies is that, although they seem delicate, they are actually strong and fast flyers. Therefore, they are capable of migrating, or traveling long distances (like birds) to avoid cold winters.

This even includes migrating to another continent, such as traveling from the northern part of Africa to Europe. They're able to live in a variety of places around the world because they can survive in different types of habitats, or natural homes for living things. Some habitats that they live in are damp woods, damp land, swamps, fields and gardens. They live in Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Asia when the weather is not too cold for them.

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