Admirable Red


Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) – This butterfly has been quite a close companion in the garden over the last few days. It never strays far when it takes fight, and appears to have got used to me and hardly moves when I approach it. One of my summer favourites.


Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

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.

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

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Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

July 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

Butterflies In Late October

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), October 2017, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England.