Skip Navigation
Regional News
Photo: Luc Viato via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Luc Viato via Wikimedia Commons

Red Admiral butterflies cover North Country

Listen to this story
Over the last several days, much of the North Country has been virtually blanketed with small orangey-red butterflies.

They look like monarchs, but they're not. They're a species called Red Admirals, or Vanessa Atalanta. Red Admirals are native to this area, and some will settle here for the summer. Their caterpillars eat nettles so they're not a danger to crops. But we don't usually see this many, and they don't usually pass through this early in the year.

Hear this

Download audio

Share this


Explore this

Reported by

Nora Flaherty
Digital Editor, News

Story location

News near this location

Nora Flaherty spoke with butterfly researcher Elizabeth Howard. She’s the director of the “Journey North” project, which tracks butterfly migrations through a network of citizen reporters. Howard said the early appearance of the Red Admirals, and their huge numbers, can be explained by this spring’s record-setting high temperatures.

Visitor comments

on:

NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.