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Red Admiral Butterfly by Teresa Zieba


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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The Red Admiral or Vanessa atalanta (previously also known as Pyrameis atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The Red Admiral has a two inch (45-50mm) 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.

The Red Admiral is also known to hibernate, re-emerging individuals showing prominently darker colourings than first brood subjects.

In North America, the Red Admiral generally has two broods from March through October. Most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants, but this species over-winters in south Texas.

Photographed close to Eleanor Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada

Canon XT with 75-300mm lens, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO-200, 300mm.
270 views as of Aug 16, 2011

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot. Is a two-inch wingspan considered a large butterfly?

  • I’m pretty sure it is. I wouldn’t say it’s huge but it is a large one. Thank you Al.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    WOW…………….Fabulous!! ;-))

  • Thank you Steph.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Very nice Teresa. I don’t get many butterflies here, probably because I don’t have many flowers. I’m working on that. My garden is starting to look like some of the seed has taken. Mixed shoots are quite high but there aren’t any flower buds yet. Waiting! Barb

  • Than you Barb. Good luck with your garden. I might get to see some of yours soon.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 4 years ago

    colorful creature

  • Thank you so much George.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 4 years ago

    This is a lovely capture Hon. These are such a showy species and you’ve done it full justice! :>)) Leslie

  • Thank you hon. They are gorgeous aren’t they? This was a first I ever had a chance to photograph.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    Very nice capture,…

  • Thank you John. I’m glad you like it.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago

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    Just beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Joyce.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 4 years ago

    Veeeery nice, Teresa ! :)

  • Thank you my dear friend. I’m glad you like it Stan.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneover 4 years ago
  • Thank you Joyce for featuring my work. Truly honored.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Teresa Zieba

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