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Red Admiral caterpillar, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands Interestingly, despite this species being highly common and often photographed, this is the first photo of its caterpillar.  This one is stitching leafs together on nettle, the host plant they rely on for everything.<br />
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Reference used for ID (in dutch):<br />
<a href="https://www.vlinderstichting.nl/vlinders/vlinders-herkennen/rupsen-determineren1/rupsen-van-aurelia-s-determineren/" rel="nofollow">https://www.vlinderstichting.nl/vlinders/vlinders-herkennen/rupsen-determineren1/rupsen-van-aurelia-s-determineren/</a> Europe,Heeswijk-Dinther,Netherlands,Red Admiral,Vanessa atalanta,World Click/tap to enlarge

Red Admiral caterpillar, Heeswijk-Dinther, Netherlands

Interestingly, despite this species being highly common and often photographed, this is the first photo of its caterpillar. This one is stitching leafs together on nettle, the host plant they rely on for everything.

Reference used for ID (in dutch):
https://www.vlinderstichting.nl/vlinders/vlinders-herkennen/rupsen-determineren1/rupsen-van-aurelia-s-determineren/

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The Red Admiral is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The Red Admiral has a 45–50 mm wing span. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Sep 17, 2021. Captured Aug 21, 2021 15:42.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/2.8
  • 1/250s
  • ISO64
  • 50mm