Taken using a Canon Powershot SX10IS in Tucson, Arizona
The scarlet-on-deep-brown pattern of the upper side of the wings readily separates the red admiral from any other species in the Southwest. It occasionally nectar’s at flowers such as rosemary and lantana in city gardens and will also feed on sap, excrement, or fermented fruit. However, the red admiral is more common in foothill adn mountain riparian areas where it perches on tree trunks and damp soil.
Ordinarily, the rapid flight of red admirals makes them difficult to follow in the air, but they are notably territorial and can be coaxed onto a finger with a bit of patience. In the afternoons, males seek mates on hilltops.