This distinctive orange, black and white insect is about the same size, and is closely related to, red admiral
, small tortoiseshell and peacock butterflies.
A taxi driver mentioned to me that he and his wife were happy to see a Red Admiral
in their back garden for a week, admiring their colourful visitor.
Late crowds of red admirals
, commas and tortoiseshells have been delighting visitors who are amazed at how close they can get to take photographs.
, Cabbage White - what would summer be without these delightful butterflies flitting about out gardens?
are scarcer - but I watched a fine example feeding alongside three peacocks and a small tortoiseshell on buddleia at Marsh side.
are fluttering around three months early - and experts reckon it is the latest sign of global warming.
They share the buddleia with red admirals
and painted lady butterflies, also second generation but from spring migrants.
There are always a dozen Red Admirals
and Peacocks on all my plants of Sedum spectabile.
Richard Fox, surveys manager at Butterfly Conservation, said more common butterflies such as red admirals
and peacock butterflies are much more mobile than rare species, but could also be affected by changes to their habitat.
I've seen no Red Admirals
this year; at this stage I would expect to have seen perhaps a dozen.
Thousands of butterflies, such as red admirals
, tortoiseshells, peacocks and brimstones, woken early from their big sleep may not survive the next few days.
There were four Red Admirals
on November 2 and the day before two Red Admirals
and one leopard marked butterfly.