Red Admiral Butterfly, Vanessa
Red Admiral Butterfly lives across much of Western North America. This
Admiral is actually a lady, related to painted lady, American lady,
West Coast lady and Painted Lady. The larval plants are nettles. The
only time I can get a picture of them is in winter or early spring on
manzanita flowers, or when we provide a warm surface such as the
installation of a new greenhouse. They'll hang about there, otherwise
it's just luck.
If I see them first, I get a picture(and I'm using a 28 times optical
zoom). Very fast when they need to be. Fred Heath says
they'll set in the same spot for weeks watching the world go by. Maybe
it's too cold here, they are usually moving.
Side view of Red Admiral Butterfly on a manzanita flower.
Top view of Red Admiral on a Austin Griffin Manzanita Flower.