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Image Taken on 28 Jun 2019 at 12:30    Image of day on 22 Aug 2019

... but not feeding. Here you see details of the curled up Proboscis.

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Image Taken on 18 Sep 2012 at 16:13    Image of day on 25 Oct 2012

This year we have had a lovely and atypical show of 10 or 20 at once of Red Admiral butterflies. We normally see them on our Yellow Buddleia, but this one was basking on a River Birch tree (Betula nigra) which is apparently a USA native. Anyway, we were taken by the colour contrasts.

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2016 at 13:42    Image of day on 11 Oct 2016

Atypically choosing this long flowering yellow Buddleia while the white variety is still in flower, a Red Admiral Butterfly feeds and shows the underside of the wings.

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Image Taken on 23 Sep 2007 at 09:57    Image of day on 28 Oct 2007

17yrs ago we inherited a buddleia that flowers for months after the others finish. Here the original plant (though much propagated) is providing nectar for a Red Admiral Butterfly.

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Image Taken on 04 Oct 2021 at 10:54    Image of day on 17 Nov 2021

The only regular Butterfly sightings this October are a few pristine Red Admirals, mostly using our Yellow Buddleia for fuel.
Our venerable (30 years old) Butterfly ID book says that these migrants mostly die when winter arrives, but a few survive to spring. But it seems that decades on they do overwinter but don't 'Hibernate'. An article from George Pilkington's site 'Nurturing Nature' discusses the whole issue at

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Image Taken on 03 Sep 2019 at 10:15    Image of day on 27 Oct 2019

Two views of a Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on the flower of the moment - a Yellow Buddleia that we expect to flower until the first serious frost.

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Image Taken on 11 Oct 2020 at 11:16    Image of day on 26 Nov 2020

There seem to be several Red Admiral Butterflies feeding around the site. This one is on Yellow Buddleia that goes on flowering until the first hard frost. You can see the Butterfly's Proboscis tightly wound.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2019 at 11:09    Image of day on 22 Oct 2019

A Red Admiral Butterfly perched on a decidedly caterpillar munched Hawthorn leaf.

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Image Taken on 09 Sep 2016 at 09:00    Image of day on 28 Oct 2016

At 9 a.m. on a mid-September morning some warm early sunshine brought out variety of insects into a east facing hedge.
A Red Admiral Butterfly with it's proboscis (just left of the more obvious leg resting on the fruit) deep down in the not-quite ripe Blackberry berry.

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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2017 at 16:11    Image of day on 30 Oct 2017

The Red Admiral has chosen an old piece of Breeze Block that holds shut the broken lid of a tool storage 'bunker' to warm itself in the weak sunshine.

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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2020 at 09:38    Image of day on 15 Nov 2020

The three pristine Red Admiral Butterflies seem to have stayed near the house. In the morning sunshine they alternate between warming themselves on this sun-facing wall (along with a Bee and lots of flies) ...

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2011 at 14:42    Image of day on 17 Aug 2011

On the trackside privet hedge 4 Ringlet butterflies were having a scrummage of mating rights - we suspect 1 female and 3 males.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2011 at 14:45    Image of day on 17 Aug 2011

3 minutes later - 'The winner takes it all'.
Butterflies mate joined back to back.

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Image Taken on 25 Jun 2014 at 15:58    Image of day on 01 Sep 2014

A pair of Ringlet Butterflies mating in the hedge by our access track.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2019 at 17:46    Image of day on 20 Aug 2019

First sighting of a Ringlet Butterfly this year.
The top and bottom of the wings have completely different appearances as this montage of the same insect shows.

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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2018 at 17:31    Image of day on 21 Aug 2018

A Ringlet Butterfly feeding on a Blackberry flower.

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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 13:31    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

Out in the sunshine our meadow has an atypically large number of this attractive Ringlet butterfly. In flight the wing blur gives the impression is of a dark purple, and every year takes us by surprise when we see it perched or caught 'motionless' as here.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:37    Image of day on 05 Oct 2015

A Ringlet Butterfly is a subtly beautiful creature we see a few of in most years.
tiny slit of wing was missing & it really spoilt the effect, so 'photoshopped' a small 'repair'.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 13:15    Image of day on 05 Sep 2015

A Ringlet Butterfly, a delicate butterfly even by butterfly standards, is easily recognised by the distinctive rings pattern.

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Image Taken on 02 Jul 2010 at 12:43    Image of day on 07 Aug 2010

And here against a Hawthorn hedge backdrop where we also see them.

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