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Red Admiral butterfly

Vanessa atalanta

Description:

Red Admiral butterfly

Habitat:

Flowers,garden

Notes:

Appears early in Spring

No species ID suggestions

13 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

Thank You for that gatorfellows, they were right saying the warm weather and host plants around allowed the population boom and provided enough food for them all, I couldnt believe at one time I saw 15+ of them flying around the trees at once it was like a tiny flock of birds, and they landed on me and this is why for some reason these usually timid butterflies allowed me to get so close for the perfect photos!

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 4 years ago

Hi Keith and Dan; here is an interesting article from Iowa State University about their 2012 spring population boom with Red Admirals. It outlines how and where the population breeds; and about conditions when they migrate northward. :)
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/...

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

this year havent seen one yet I guess due to it being a cold Winter and late to warm up in Spring

keithp2012
keithp2012 4 years ago

Added a video of a butterfly landing on me :)

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

I've been seeing tons of these butterflies around too.

keithp2012
keithp2012 5 years ago

I also forgot to mention there are so many of these butterflies I heard there is a population explosion, I spotted 15 on one tree! Usually I'm lucky to see one, and they frequently try to land on you if your in a sunny spot!

keithp2012
keithp2012 5 years ago

The last image was deleted but I guess is still showing as a blank picture.

keithp2012
keithp2012 5 years ago

Your welcome, it was a gorgeous day out and I got lucky they weren't bothered by the camera as they ate

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 5 years ago

Thanks for re-posting these. They are beautiful!

keithp2012
keithp2012 5 years ago

added new photos

keithp2012
keithp2012 6 years ago

Red Admiral

West Babylon, New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Jun 1, 2010
Submitted on Sep 7, 2010

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