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This beauty was on the inside of our window, so after patiently following it all over the window Jilly managed to catch this photo before releasing it outside again. We don't see many Red Admirals here, they are more common in the South Island.

one of several flitting around in the later afternoon on Gibraltar Peak (Port Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand).

 

(060722#042_v2, cropped)

 

Observation entered on the New Zealand Biodiversity Recording Network (NZBRN) website.

 

Copyright (C) 2010 Charles A Heikkinen & Delia O Unson

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 100-400 zoom at 400 mm; 1/400 sec; f11.0; ISO 250; AV mode; hand-held

Red Admiral Butterfly (Kahukura), Karori, Wellington

with wings closed

 

(060722#045_v2, cropped)