Vanessa vulcania

Canary Islands Red Admiral

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by Matt Rowlings

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

Field notes and information

An endemic to the Macronesian islands host to laurisilva forests. It has been raised to specific rank, separating it from the Indian red admiral V. indica. There are no known populations of either species between India and the Canary Islands.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the red admiral V. atalanta with which it can fly. Separation is easy as the red band on the forewing is broader and clearly notched in the current species.

Distribution & Flight: Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, Hierro, Gomera and Madeira. Flies throughout the year when warm enough.

Habitat & Behaviour: The primary habitat is forest at higher levels. It can be found in urban areas at low levels too. A frequent visitor to flowers. Larvae feed on the nettle Urtica morifolia.

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

The red admiral V. atalanta (top) being chased by the Canary red admiral, V. vulcania.

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012

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Three Canarian endemics - G. cleobule, V. vulcania, C. webbianus.

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

Larval food plant.

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

A female resting on the larval food plant.

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

A young larva. They roll a leaf and hide inside.

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

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Gran Canaria, Spain, April 2011

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Tenerife, Spain, April 2012