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Butterflies of temperate Asia
Indian Red Admiral
Vanessa indica   HERBST, 1794
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - NYMPHALINAE
Tribe -
Vanessa indica, Baisha, Yunnan, China Jean-Marc Gayman
Introduction
There are 11 different species of Red Admiral in the genus Vanessa, plus 10 Painted Lady species.
The Red Admirals ( the name is believed to be a corruption of "Red Admirable" ) all share the same basic pattern, having a blackish-brown ground colour with a bright orange-red diagonal band on the forewings, a series of white apical spots, and a red submarginal band on the hindwings.
The undersides of all species are cryptically patterned in a manner which affords them excellent camouflage when at rest on tree trunks or on the ground.
Vanessa indica is distributed from India and Sri Lanka to China and Taiwan.
Habitats
This is a mid-elevation species found mostly in temperate hill country at altitudes between about 600-2400m. It can be found in gardens, woodlands and sheltered river valleys.
Lifecycle

The larval foodplants in include Urtica, Girardinia and Boehmeria.

Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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