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Friday, April 20, 2012

R is for Red Admiral

 
Today, it rained all day, which would also be a great R, but there has been an explosion of Red Admiral butterflies this week, which seems more interesting.

Seriously, when I walked out back, every few steps another one of these butterflies would rise from the grass and flutter past. Yesterday was sunny, and while I was out doing assignments I managed to catch a photo of one basking on a warm railing.

Red Admiral

Earlier in the week I literally caught one, and took one picture. I was hopeful that when I let go it might sit still for a minute, allowing me to get a close up, but no such luck. All you get is a picture of the captured butterfly.

Red Admiral

It has a pretty scientific name, Vanessa atalanta.

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18 comments:

nodamnblog said...

It rained all day here in France yesterday, too. And the day before, and the day before that, and guess what? Yes - that's right! It's raining again today. :)

Hopefully a change in the weather is in sight, though. Next week they're predicting snow.

John said...

We have red admirals here in the UK. I've probably spent hours chasing them to take photos! :-)

John said...

nodamnblog: same here in the UK. :-( It rained yesterday and it's raining again this morning.

In fact it's rained every day since 05 April when the hosepipe ban started due to a water shortage / drought!

rainfield61 said...

R for Rainfield.

But it should be more suitable for R for red admiral.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

It is the same as our red admiral. In fact that one you are holding looks like it just flew the Atlantic!

Ann said...

we've got the rain today. It seems like I rarely see any butterflies around here but the other day I was in the back yard and spotted two

spinninglovelydays said...

That's cool! Its common name sounds kinda macho, but its scientific name sounds like that of a femme fatale, hee.

Angel said...

Pretty. I took a picture of what we think is a moth yesterday. I need to post it on facebook so y'all can tell me its name.

Merritt | LiveSimplyLove said...

Pretty butterfly! It's been cloudier than I expected for my first April in Colorado but not as much rain. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! Happy Saturday to you!

Martha said...

Pretty little thing for sure :)

Jean said...

It does have a pretty scientific name!

RNSANE said...

Thankfully, the San Fran rain has stopped. Right after my return from India, we actually had tornado warnings in Pacifica....unbelievable.

Your butterfly is lovely. I haven't seen one. We have lots of Monarchs.

Deb said...

It is hard to get them to sit still. We've also had a lot of rain here in Australia this month. It's a good thing though because we were (until recently) in drought.

Luna said...

It rained all day here too, in Trinidad. The birds were very happy about that strangely enough and when the rain stopped for a short while, there were humming birds and butterflies all over the garden. Maybe there's something to the rainy weather and butterflies!

Jyllianm said...

here form the #AtoZChallenge. Wonderful Butterfly piture! (and other pictures in general)

Lin said...

I love Admirals--they always like to sit on us in the backyard. Poor Hobbes hasn't been able to take a good nap in the yard with all the butterflies lately. But they all look sort of beat up--like yours here. I think the cold is tough on them.

Perle said...

Beautiful. Love butterfly's coloring and your writing. P.S. Thanks for stopping by my Blog.

John said...

Hi Sharkbytes,

Thanks for sharing these photos. The butterfly is gorgeous!

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