Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
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2017 photographs highlighted in yellow. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
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, 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.
|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|
a male underside, showing the complex patterning. If it were rare, we would be gasping in admiration.