Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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2020 photographs highlighted in green. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.

43034_male_Côte-d'Or_01Jun17 38115_male_Hautes-Alpes_6Jul15 18319_female_Isère_13Jul09

A beautiful butterfly, especially when fresh, a jet black upperside ground colour with a velvety appearance. I saw very few in 2006 until late September when there was quite an influx of what I assume were migrants.

This northerly migration continued with exceptional numbers seen in the UK in October 2006, no doubt assisted by the mild weather in the UK. In 2007 to 2015 there has been a very late influx in southern Var in late September/early October, although in relatively small numbers.

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alt. m
43034 M a rare opportunity for an upperside shot, even though it was constantly moving while taking salts from the ground. 430
28115 M a male, puddling at rather high altitudes. 2020
18319 M

a male underside, showing the complex patterning. If it were rare, we would be gasping in admiration.