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red admiral

a nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa atalanta, of temperate Europe and Asia, having black wings with red and white markings

Red Admiral


(Pyrameis atalanta), a diurnal butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It has a wingspread of 5–6 cm. The front wings are black on top, with white spots and an oblique red crossband on the apex; the hind wings are black with a red marginal strip. The red admiral is encountered on the edges of forests, in parks, and in gardens of Europe and Asia (Siberia). Its flying period is from July through September, whereas butterflies which have hibernated are active in the spring. The caterpillar lives on the leaves of the nettle and the thistle. The butterfly does not harm cultivated plants.

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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.
Red admirals are scarcer - but I watched a fine example feeding alongside three peacocks and a small tortoiseshell on buddleia at Marsh side.
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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.