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Red Admirals: vanessa atalanta

Have you seen many red admirals this year?

Red Admiral

This is probably one of the most easily identified butterflies that visits gardens throughout the British Isles.

Red Admiral

It has  velvety black wings intersected by striking red bands. In its larval stage its often found on nettles. 

Red Admiral

It can be found almost anywhere and is mainly a migrant to our shores as the butterflies arrive from North Africa and the continent. They arrive in about May/June but give rise to the next generation between  August / October. In some parts of southern England they are now considered residents.

Red Admiral

Images by Noel Donaldson

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