Butterflies that host on nettles

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta, Eastern Comma Polygonia c-album, Western Comma Polygonia satyrus, Blomfild’s Beauty Smyrna blomfildia, Milbert’s Tortoiseshell Aglais milberti, Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, and Question Mark Polygonia interrogationis butterflies host on nettles in the US.

Yellow Admirals Vanessa itea host on nettle in New Zealand.

‘Nettles’ refers to plants in the Urtica tribe of plants.  At least some of these butterflies also host on false nettle, Boehmeria cylindrica, which is in the same family of plants, Urticaceae.  

If you have a photo you would like to share, of any of the above butterflies that are not represented in the photos below, please email me at edith@shadyoakbutterflyfarm.com.

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta
Question Mark Butterfly - Polygonia interrogationis
Question Mark – Polygonia interrogationis
Comma Butterfly - Polygonia c-album
Comma Butterfly – Polygonia c-album