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Thursday, 9 September 2010

The Red Admiral Again




I finally managed to get closer to the Red Admiral (Vanessa Atalanta). This is a butterfly I don’t think I ever saw (noticed) until last summer, and it has been difficult getting close enough to it to get a good macro picture of it with its wings spread.

The wing span is 45-50 mm. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleja and overripe fruit. In northern Europe, it is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in. (Wikipedia)

Following the link to Buddleja, I also learned the name of those flowers in the park. It includes roughly 100 species. The generic name honours Reverend Adam Buddle (1662–1715), who was a botanist and a rector in Essex, England. Several species are popular garden plants. They are commonly known as butterfly bush due to their attractiveness to butterflies; they are also attractive to bees and moths.

I think the white ones below must be Buddleja too.



Sandra said...

great shot on the side wing view of the admiral. he looks just like ours. but mine was not close, i had to use the long lens. he is beautiful. most of our butterflies are gone now, we have a few giant swallowtails, which is our most common. but the exotic ones are gone for the summer.

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader great pictures! This thing looks huge! We had a hummingbird moth that was large like this as well. Also beautiful "butterfly" plants especially the white one. I have never seen it before.


Ginny said...

I love all the info. This admiral is really calling me to attention, the best shots yet!!


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