Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral Vanessa atalantaRed Admiral Vanessa atalanta

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.

Red Admiral #2

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Photographs of Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on Butterfly-bush (Buddleia davidii), taken on August 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens.

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

This distinctive butterfly was taking moisture through its long probosis when I came across it.The upper side is velvety black with an orangey-red stripe running through the forewing and on the hindwing margin. There are several white spots towards the wingtips. Wingspan 65mm.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

The caterpillars feed mainly on Stinging Nettle.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

It flies May to October, where they drink sap from trees and feed on over-ripe fruit which may leave them a little drunk and tame to gentle handling. A wide-ranging migratory butterfly, it is found almost anywhere where there are flowers and ripe fruit. Often common in parks, gardens, and orchards. An annual mass-migrant from southern Europe and North Africa, breeds in summer, and migrates back in the autumn.

Photograph taken of Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) August 2016, Boscome Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.