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Red Admiral Butterfly, Vanessa atalanta

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.
DSide of Red-admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) on Austin Griffin Manzanita. - grid24_12
Side view of Red Admiral Butterfly on a manzanita flower.
Open winged Red Admiral Butterfly, (Vanessa atalanta) on a Austin Griffin manzanita. - grid24_12
Top view of Red Admiral on a Austin Griffin Manzanita Flower.
Red Admiral Butterfly with wings closed - grid24_12
Red Admiral Butterfly with wings closed
Red Admiral Butterfly right after emerging, can barely fly, that's how I got the picture. - grid24_12
Red Admiral Butterflies are generally very hard to get a good photo of. But when they first pop out in early spring they're a little slow. - grid24_12
Red Admiral Butterfly sunning  on Arctostaphylos pungens. - grid24_12
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