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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 14:13    Image of day on 06 Oct 2015

A rather 'worn' Red admiral Butterfly could nevertheless fly well.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:07    Image of day on 08 Oct 2010

A bit of sunshine tends to bring out the butterflies on even quite cool days. These two were enjoying a sheltered patch of blackberries (brambles) when we 'invited' them in for a photo session.
First a Red Admiral butterfly.


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2010 at 16:18    Image of day on 05 Nov 2010

And now a Red Admiral butterfly.


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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 09:42    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

A pristine batch of Red Admiral butterflies have emerged, and we caught a couple to photograph. The first was taken in flight at a moment that shows both top and bottom of the wings.


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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:34    Image of day on 22 Aug 2019

This Red Admiral butterfly made a couple of nice flights for us, here showing only the bottom of the wings.


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Image Taken on 21 Sep 2006 at 15:26    Image of day on 04 Oct 2006

This year the fallen apples have attracted dozens of Red admiral butterflies.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2006 at 13:35    Image of day on 01 Nov 2006

Surprised to see a few Red Admiral Butterflies about even on a sunny and not too cold day this late in the year.


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Image Taken on 12 Jul 2020 at 08:51    Image of day on 19 Aug 2020

A Red admiral Butterfly feasting on a Blackberry flower.


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Image Taken on 19 Sep 2006 at 11:00    Image of day on 07 Oct 2006

This Red Admiral Butterfly was in a pool of sunlight that makes it glow.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:17    Image of day on 24 Sep 2006

A pair of images (second tomorrow) that show a Red Admiral Butterfly with wings closed and then momentarily opened


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2006 at 13:17    Image of day on 25 Sep 2006

A pair of images (first yesterday) that show a Red Admiral Butterfly now with wings momentarily opened.


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2016 at 15:44    Image of day on 20 Aug 2016

Our first Red Admiral Butterfly this year, warming itself on the afternoon sun-warmed wall of our garage.


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2016 at 18:10    Image of day on 22 Oct 2016

An almost pristine Red Admiral Butterfly warming itself nicely centred on a leaf in the sunshine. Ahh!


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2009 at 12:45    Image of day on 25 Oct 2009

Not much by way of butterflies on show now - just the odd tatty speckled wood. So this lovely Red admiral has to be counted as a bonus.


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

A Red Admiral Butterfly on an Ox-eye daisy flower ...


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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
https://nurturing-nature.co.uk/wildlife-garden-videos/red-admiral-butterflies-do-they-hibernate-in-britain/
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