The native Red Admiral that is only found in New Zealand. Despite the obvious similarity, it is a different species from the ‘Red Admiral’ (Vanessa atalanta) and ‘Indian Red Admiral’ (Vanessa indica) found in Europe, Asia and North America. The Maori name means Red Cloak. This is a long-lived butterfly that can have a lifespan of about 9 months for the over-wintering generation. It is expected that the lifespan is between 4 to 6 months for the summer generations. Between September and April, it can be seen in most of its life stages.