Indian Red Admiral
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Vanessa indica, Baisha, Yunnan, China
© Jean-Marc Gayman
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.
indica is distributed from India and Sri Lanka to China and
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.
The larval foodplants in include Urtica,
To be completed.