Red Admiral

Around noon today, a brightly colored butterfly outside the kitchen window caught my eye – a Red Admiral. Though they’re widespread and considered common, I haven’t seen them often here. It flew to a dry flower-head on a potted hydrangea on the deck, and stayed there long enough for me to enjoy a nice close view. Its coloring is dramatic – an uneven band of red-orange marks each upper wing, and the lower wings are edged in the same shade of red-orange. Several large and small white spots dot the upper wing tips, with a very thin edging of white all around the delicately scalloped edges of the wings. The under side of the wings looked more subdued, or muted, with red spots in a row and some faint blue showing among them.

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