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  Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa itea)





Yellow Admiral Butterfly | Vanessa itea photo
Yellow Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa itea) in Wellington, New Zealand

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Yellow Admiral Butterfly | Vanessa itea photo
Australian Admiral (Vanessa itea) Mt Mee, south east Queensland

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Yellow Admiral Butterfly has black forewings with large yellow patch in the centre, and brown wing base. The wing tips have smaller whitish yellow spots. The hindwings are fairly plain brown above and marbled brown below. Male and female butterflies are similar in appearance.

Size
Length: 50mm.

Habitat
Yellow Admiral Butterflyies prefer damp areas such as gullies, creek banks, riverside, also suburban gardens

Food
larvae feed on various plant species including Parietaria debilis, Pipturus argenteus

Range
south east Queensland, eastern half of New South Wales, all of Victoria, Tasmania, southeast corner of South Australia, west coast of Western Australia from around Geraldton to Bunbury



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Genus:Vanessa
Species:itea
Common Name:Yellow Admiral Butterfly

Relatives in same Genus
  Australian Painted Lady (V. kershawi)