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Red Admiral by David's Photoshop


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Red Admiral (Nymphalidae Vanessa Atalanta – Male)

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On 10/08/2011 this image has had 218 views, 26 comments and favorited by 2 people

Canon 5D, 300 mm lens, ISO 100 1/125 at f5.6

Featured in Cover Shots – August 2011
Featured in Bubblers’ Weekly Challenge – October 2010

The butterfly was sunning itself on one of the Oak trees at the end of my garden in early summer (for those of you from the UK – do you remember that day – lol)

The Red Admiral is a frequent visitor to gardens throughout the British Isles and is one of the most well-known butterflies as a result.

This butterfly was always known to migrate to our shores from the continent, but the sighting of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. However, it is still believed that most individuals are unable to survive our winter, especially in the cooler regions of the British Isles. An interesting observation is that this species also has a tendency to migrate south in late summer, possibly due to the diminishing day length.

The resident population is considered to only be a small fraction of the population seen in the British Isles, as it gets topped up every year with migrants arriving in May and June that originate in central Europe. The number of adults seen is therefore dependent on the number of migrants reaching the British Isles and numbers fluctuate each year as a result. In some years this butterly can be widespread and common, in others rather local and scarce. Text Courtesy of UK Butterflies


  • Stephen Ruane
    Stephen Ruaneabout 5 years ago

    Great capture David, great looking butterfly. The colours really stands out against the well textured background.

  • Glad you like it and many thanks for your comments, they are most encouraging.

    – David's Photoshop

  • Pam Moore
    Pam Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Good color and details . it really stands out against the bark. Great shot

  • I was worried that my shadow might disturb it hence the use of a long lens. Thank you for your kind comments Pam.
    David xx

    – David's Photoshop

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrabout 5 years ago

    What a beautiful shot.

  • Thank you so much for your encouraging comments.
    David xx

    – David's Photoshop

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Coooooool and Awesome capture David.

  • Grand to have your comments Don, much appreciated.

    – David's Photoshop

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 5 years ago

    Nice one David

  • Thanks Kelvin, glad you like it.

    – David's Photoshop

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture David, very well done!!!

  • Many thanks for you comments, they are much appreciated.

    – David's Photoshop

  • Laura60
    Laura60about 5 years ago

    Perfect capture David…

  • Sorry for the delay in responding, I must have missed your comment in my activity feed.

    Many thanks Laura, your support is much appreciated.

    David xx

    – David's Photoshop

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    That sunny day? LOL….nice find, David!

  • Many thanks for your comments Mel, much appreciated.

    David xx

    – David's Photoshop

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured!

  • Very kind Trish, thank you very much.

    David xx

    – David's Photoshop

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 4 years ago

    What a beautifully captured butterfly, David.

  • Great to have your kind comments Esther, thank you.

    David xx

    – David's Photoshop

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