This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the fore wings and on the outer edge of the hind wings; white spots on the dorsal fore wings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.
Often feeding on the flowers of ivy on sunny days. In northern Europe, it is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in. The butterfly also flies on sunny winter days, especially in southern Europe.The Red Admiral is also known to hibernate, re-emerging individuals showing prominently darker colourings than first brood subjects.
Lat: 50.88, Long: 4.27
Spotted on Jul 19, 2012
Submitted on Jul 19, 2012