59.023 .... B&F 1590
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....A relatively common migrant most years, although there was a general decline in the number of records after the turn of the present century. Following good years in 1996, 1998 and a small peak in numbers in 2003, the Red Admiral showed a slump in reported numbers after 2000. 2008 represented the poorest year for the butterfly in recent years, but there has been signs of a gradual increase since 2005. Typical of all migrant species, there has been a great deal of annual variation and there were pronounced influxes into the county during 2011 and 2014. Now recorded over-wintering here with greater frequency and can often the first butterfly many recorders see in early Spring.
Photographed at Eakring Flash August 2003
Early stages                            
Egg. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP July 2021.
Newly hatched larva (length 1.2mm). Photographed at Gunthorpe GP July 2021.
Half grown larva (length 25mm). Photographed at Gunthorpe GP July 2021.
Full grown larva. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP July 2021.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Red Admiral
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Steve Horne. Nottingham City Council. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Meg Skinner. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Darren Matthews. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Peter Acton. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). Tom Shields. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley. David Shaw.

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Updated January 2024

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