Uniquely identifiable characteristics
Distinguishing Feature :
The host plant (where it lays its eggs) of the Red Admiral are small clumps of Stinging Nettle as its main host, followed by the following plants as secondaries: Small Nettle, Hop, Pellitory-of-the-Wall and
Eastern Pellitory-of-the-Wall, which all belong to the Nettle Family or in the case of Hop, to the Hop Fmily.
The nectar sources of Red Admiral are (in order of incidence):
Apple (the fruit),
Common Michaelmas Daisy,
Confused Michaelmas Daisy,
Media Mahonia is amongst a great many relatively less important flower sources.