Natures Markings - Red Admiral Butterfly - NZ by AndreaEL

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Such beautiful markings and vibrant colours with the sunlight. This Image has not been altered or saturated, I am amazed at how bright these butterfly are.
The New Zealand Red Admiral (Vanessa gonerilla) is a butterfly that is endemic to New Zealand. The Māori name is kahukura which means red cloak. The Red Admiral is a member of the family Nymphalidae, the sub-family Nymphalinae as well as the tribe Nymphalini. Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand, butterflies tend to be more highly regarded than moths because Butterflies are those charming ethereal creatures you see wafting by on bright sunny days. On the other hand, moths, being mostly nocturnal, are seldom seen. If you do happen to meet up with them, they are usually those little grey or brown jobs that end up in your soup when you are sitting around a campfire, or the thing that’s chewed holes in your best gear when you get it out for that special occasion. And of all the butterflies in New Zealand, the Monarch is probably the most highly regarded of all. It is a big beautiful orange, flies slowly, likes city gardens, and doesn’t eat your cabbages. So the Monarch is an excellent ambassador for getting people interested. Once you have fallen in love with the Monarch, and learn more about them, it is our hope that this interest will extend out to the other butterfly species of New Zealand, most of which are in far more danger than the Monarch. You might even find yourself seeing moths in a new light. After all, although there are some minor differences between moths and butterflies, both belong to the order of Lepidoptera. Many moths are beautiful in their own right. Best viewed large.
Information from:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Oct. 2010

Featured 15th June 2011


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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • PirminNohr
    PirminNohrover 3 years ago

    Great details and colors, wonderful picture!

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    Ahhhh!! Just beautiful! Great capture my friend! XXSUEXX

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    lovely capture Andrea

  • Thank you Lynn, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 3 years ago

    Beautiful Andrea. It would almothed turn a republican into a monarchist. Tony

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment Tony much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture and subject Andrea !

  • Thank you Trev, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Youre right, bright and beautiful Andea! Beautiful image!

  • Thank you for your awesome comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • prettybutterfly
    prettybutterflyover 3 years ago

    lovely shot…….what a beautiful butterfly with those colors…..

  • Thank you for your awesome comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Stunning macro great detail!!

  • Thank you Colin, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    Wow a really terrific image, love the eyes on your NZ Admiral

  • Thank you for your awesome comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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