Red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterfly on white dahlia
Photo made in a front garden in my neighbourhood, Amsterdam SouthEast, the Netherlands. Layered with textures.
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Description (Source: Wikipedia )
The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The Red Admiral has a 45–50 mm (1.8–2.0 in) wing span. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.
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.
Atalanta, the Red Admiral, is a migrating butterfly.
The thought that these colourful butterflies every year make the journey back and fro from Europe to the Northern part of Africa always has fascinated me.
“Species like the Vanessa atalanta are capable of managing a fierce headwind. In case of headwind, they usually fly low and are more goal-oriented. During migration, some species can be found on high altitudes, ranging to up to two kilometers. This is especially noteworthy for day-flying species like Vanessa atalanta, since the temperatures on these altitudes are low and day-flying species depend on the outside temperature to stay warm. It is thought that Vanessa atalanta produces enough body warmth during flight since it has also been recorded migrating at night.”
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Own photo layered with textures
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
smc Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
Exposure 1/350 sec, f. 8,0 mm
focal length 55 mm , ISO 200
Date: Sept. 10, 2011
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