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A large strong flying butterfly that can found in all kind of habitats anywhere in Britain and Ireland. Although thought of as a British species some individuals will have come from the Mediterranean region. Before the 18th century this butterfly was previously known as the 'red admirable butterfly'. The best time to see this butterfly on the wing is from March to November. The lifespan of this butterfly has a winter generation of about 9 months and a summer generation of about 4 to 6 months which will often go on to hibernate.

Always a pleasure to Photograph these at this time of year ...

A red admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta, feeding on orange hawkweed, Hieracium aurantiacum. Taken at Lane Head in County Durham, England.


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Had a walk around Beth Chatto gardens today with Jayne. The Butterflies certainly loved the magnificent flowers!

Red Admiral - Buckfastleigh 03-06-2009 P1010669

A red admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta feeding on a shrubby cinqufoil, Dasiphora sp. Taken at Lanehead, County Durham, England.


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Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta). On Buddleia.

On Buddleia, in our garden, bridgnorth, Shropshire

A Red Admiral Butterfly on Bramble leaves. Taken at Low Barns Nature Reserve.


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As it says on the title, this is a red admiral butterfly.

Seen at Victoria Park, in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Taken at Sloan's Pond.

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Red Admiral Butterfly: -


The Red Admiral is a frequent visitor to gardens throughout the British Isles and one of our most well-known butterflies. This butterfly is unmistakable, with the velvety black wings intersected by striking red bands.

This butterfly is primarily a migrant to our shores, although sightings of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. This resident population is considered to only be a small fraction of the population seen in the British Isles, which gets topped up every year with migrants arriving in May and June that originate in central Europe. Unfortunately, most individuals are unable to survive our winter, especially in the cooler regions of the British Isles.

The number of adults seen in any one year is therefore dependent on the number of migrants reaching the British Isles and numbers fluctuate as a result. In some years this butterfly can be widespread and common, in others rather local and scarce. This is a widespread species and can be found anywhere in the British Isles, including Orkney and Shetland.


Courtesy: UK Butterflies website

Close-up shot taken at Culzean Castle gardens, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Vanessa atalanta - Red Admiral Butterfly. At Well Meadow, Bridgnorth, Shropshire Uk

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) On Verbena Flower in My garden Bridgnorth, Shropshire Uk

‘Up close and personal’ with the Admiral

Severn Valley Country Park Shropshire

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