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Butterflies Page 21
Image Taken on 20 Jun 2020
at 12:41 Image of day on 26 Jul 2020
A Red Admiral Butterfly warms itself in the afternoon sunshine.
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Image Taken on 28 Sep 2020
at 10:52 Image of day on 12 Nov 2020
A surprise was to find 3 pristine Red Admiral Butterflies feeding from the
flowers on the top of a 3m high Yellow Buddleia that came with the house
30 years ago.
This Buddleia is so vigorous that we take it down to 'knee' height
when the flowers have finally been stopped by the first frost. It is a 'magnet'
for butterflies and moths at the end of each flowering season.
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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014
at 13:27 Image of day on 18 Nov 2014
Several Red Admiral butterflies were sunning themselves on the
orchard apple and plum trees. The rotting & fermenting fallen
fruit attracts a variety of butterflies to feed and
sometimes get a little 'drunk'!
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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2014
at 13:27 Image of day on 18 Nov 2014
A detail from the above.
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Image Taken on 09 Oct 2008
at 16:16 Image of day on 03 Nov 2008
We found and photographed this beautiful butterfly Chrysalis
without knowing the species. Next day we brought it into our
insect rearing tank to observe it ...
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Image Taken on 02 Oct 2010
at 12:47 Image of day on 25 Nov 2010
We have a yellow Buddleia that has always kept flowering until
the first air frost. We seem to have a solitary Red admiral
around the plot that is a regular on these flowers. Here it is
rolling up it's proboscis after feeding on nectar - there is
still a drop of fluid at the top of the curve.
Ref: 20101125_df1_20101002_1247_464 red admiral butterfly coiling up proboscis 2 of 2 (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Oct 2008
at 08:33 Image of day on 03 Nov 2008
... and here is the emerged insect - a Red Admiral butterfly.
Released when the weather improved in the afternoon, we saw it around for
several days feeding on our autumn flowers.
Click to see a
Red Admiral top view
taken in 2006.
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Image Taken on 05 Sep 2021
at 10:47 Image of day on 16 Oct 2021
The Yellow Buddleia we inherited has produced a mass of flowers this year.
Here a Red Admiral Butterfly.
Ref: 20211016_df3_20210905_1047_067 red admiral butterfly feeding from yellow buddleia flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Jun 2021
at 15:29 Image of day on 05 Aug 2021
One of several Red Admiral Butterflies.
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Image Taken on 20 Jun 2022
at 12:27 Image of day on 08 Aug 2022
A Red Admiral butterfly perched to show both top and bottom of wings.
Because most butterflies and moths build their wing pattern with tiny scales
on each side, the two sides can be entirely different.
It very frustrating that so many ID book show only one side or other!
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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2019
at 12:44 Image of day on 22 Oct 2019
We have let the Mint flowers go riot this year and have been rewarded by lots of
insects stopping by to enjoy the flowers. This is a Red Admiral, wings closed,
enjoying 'lunch' in the sunshine.
Ref: 20191022_df3_20190829_1244_030 red admiral butterfly feeding on mint flower(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 12 Jul 2020
at 09:14 Image of day on 18 Aug 2020
A Red Admiral butterfly this time choosing a Teasel for it's next feed.
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Image Taken on 31 Jul 2017
at 11:01 Image of day on 12 Sep 2017
This Red Admiral Butterfly was feeding from this leaning Teasel, showing us in
successive frames the proboscis deep in a floret and then moving to
Working up this little mirror-image montage was accompanied by the track 'The
Red Admiral Butterfly' on the CD 'James Galway and the Chieftains' (also
available on YouTube)
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Image Taken on 17 Jul 2017
at 10:05 Image of day on 02 Sep 2017
A Red Admiral Butterfly feeding on a freshly flowering (un-divided ring of
flowers so far) Teasel. In the Left hand image the butterfly has it's proboscis
deep inside one of these tall florets. At the right a floret has pulled out of
the Teasel head as the Butterfly extracts the feeding tube, something we have
seen several times before but never had the camera focussed to catch the moment
before the insect flicks it away.
Ref: 20170902_df3_20170717_1005_030+1004_016 red admiral butterfly feeding on teasel proboscis deep in floret & dislodging one (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 20 Nov 2008
at 08:57 Image of day on 07 Dec 2008
A very late appearance of a Red Admiral butterfly enjoying the
sunshine on a flowering Viburnum. It might be the one we raised indoors,
but really don't know as we didn't mark it - see the
archive for 3 Nov 2008.
Ref: 20081207_p34_20081120_0857_973 red admiral butterfly feeding on viburnum flower(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 15 Sep 2016
at 13:36 Image of day on 06 Nov 2016
In the autumn sunshine, a Red Admiral Butterfly feasts from the water mint still flowering at the main pond.
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Image Taken on 26 Aug 2016
at 13:41 Image of day on 16 Oct 2016
A pristine Red Admiral Butterfly sipping Water Mint nectar through it's built-in straw.
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Image Taken on 06 Oct 2020
at 09:40 Image of day on 15 Nov 2020
... before moving to the Yellow Buddleia to refuel.
Apart from Ivy, this generous Buddleia seems to be the only local source of nectar.
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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017
at 15:56 Image of day on 15 Oct 2017
This Red Admiral butterfly was caught circling the Buddleia, but we had seen
them over the Water Mint as well and this is what we show the butterfly with.
Ref: 20171015_da1_20170828_1556_156+1553_144+1535_086_ft1 red admiral butterfly in 2 flights with water mint (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019
at 12:40 Image of day on 22 Aug 2019
The Red Admiral butterfly here shows the wings from the top.
Ref: 20190822_da1_20190630_1240_060+1238_043_ft1 red admiral butterfly in flight + privet flower (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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