Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Yellow Admiral

Vanessa itea (Fabricius)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae

Size range

  • Wingspan 48–55 mm


  • Throughout NZ, low altitudes open country and gardens also occurs in Australia

Life History

  • Adults attracted to Buddleja and other flowers
  • Caterpillars feed on Urtica sp. preferably common nettles, Urtica urens

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