These are well-known butterflies (this year especially as they are at a record high in population numbers) that migrate northward in the spring and then again, sometimes, in the fall. They retain resident status only in southern regions where the temperature is dependably warm.
We draw them in to our yard (along with some anglewings) by mashing up a ripe banana and mixing it with flat beer; we spread this mess on tree bark and get butterflies, flies, bees, wasps, ants – you name it. Great fun!!!
This picture was taken May 6, 2012, in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, USA. Red Admirals have almost a global range and can be found in Asia and Europe, too.
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