Eye To Eye With The Red Admiral

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

I forgot I had these which I took back in August of this year. We had quite a lot of Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) visit the garden this year, and this one landed on the asphalt roof of my shed one hot day. It was very well-behaved, and allowed me to get quite up close and personal with it. I was quite amazed what beautiful eye structure they have as well as wing colour and pattern.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

I think this one was trying to hypnotise me. “Look into my eyes,” it appeared to beckon. “Look into my eyes …”

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

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August 2017, Staffordshire, England.


35 thoughts on “Eye To Eye With The Red Admiral

  1. The Red Admirals are one of the more ‘friendly’ butterflies in our garden, but I don’t think we have them this cooperative. Fantastic photo of those hypnotic eyes!

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  2. Lovely close ups πŸ™‚ I don’t seem to have a good lens for butterflies. My 200 – 500mm needs a minimum focussing range of two metres so isn’t ideal, and it’s rare to find one that will tolerate a macro. What did you use for this?

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    • With butterflies I tend to use my Nikon 70-300mm lens, but I don’t always get the detail I like from such a long range. For these shots I used my Sigma 105mm macro lens, as this butterfly was so accomodating. I wish they was all like this one was! Thank you for your lovely comment, Adele πŸ™‚


  3. Fabulous photos that take us deep into the detail of a really beautiful butterfly. The last photograph in particular is brilliant! I’m sure it wasn’t easy to get in so close with a macro lens without disturbing the butterfly.

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