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280 days of Urbpandemonium #112

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The monarch gets all the attention, but the lower ranked* red admiral Vanessa atalanta** is also a migrator. It overwinters in Texas, and migrates up the east coast in the spring. Adults drink tree sap and bird droppings, and larvae feast on stinging nettles and their relatives. I'm hopefully not revealing a big secret when I admit that there is a ton of stinging nettles where I work, making this lovely insect one of our most common summer residents.





* Eastern Lepidoptera named for various people and their stations: Monarch, Viceroy, Queen, red admiral, white admiral, Powdered bigwig, Emperor, the neighbor, American lady, painted lady, the little wife, the beggar, various Quakers, regal moth, Uncle Sam moth, variegated midget (RUDE), virgin moth, white witch.

** Vanessa="New Latin from the Ancient Greek deity Φάνης (Phánēs)." Atalanta="a legendary maiden noted for her fleetness of foot"

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autumnfox
Jul. 25th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
This guy just visited my garden a few minutes ago.

I live in Philadelphia, so I see many of the creatures featured in this blog.
buboniclou
Jul. 25th, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
I've been seeing a bunch of these in the city this year! No monarchs though.
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