Saturday, August 16, 2008

Red Admiral/ Camera Critters

Red Admiral Butterflies (Vanessa atalanta) are common butterflies across North America, Europe and Asia, so I'm sure most of you are familia with them. But this one looks so pretty on this coneflower I just had to photograph it.

Why these beauties are’t called orange admirals is kinda stupid completely beyond my understanding. But at least I get the admiral part as the orange red bands do look a lot like the chevrons seen on naval uniforms.

In spite of the rainy weather lately, this people-friendly butterfly has been visiting my purple coneflowers. Red admirals are said to also enjoy sipping nectar from clover, buddleia and asters but this one seems to prefer my echinaceas, which are close to my kitchen door and make it easy for me to to capture them with my camera. ;-)




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37 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

The Red Admirals have left this area. Or gone somewhere else. I had them all summer until a week or so ago. This is a nice photo.

I did notice that my purple cone flowers are looking like they have had it for the summer and are in the process of going to seed. That might explain the reason the butterfly population has changed too.

Kahshe Cottager said...

What a great shot! I can never get my closeups to be that clear! My coneflowers are just coming out - maybe I might get lucky enough to photo capture one too!

Rose said...

I have been trying for days to get a good one of the Red Admiral and he is flighty I cannot get close. But when I worked at the orchard, they would light on me...I told my husband I must have stunk or something! Actually, I think I did absorb the smell of the place, plus was just a part of the scenery.

Anyway, congratulations on this great capture.

Rambling Round said...

I don't think I have seen on of these...really pretty though.

angela said...

I enjoyed your text as much as the photo. We do get Red Admirals here too but they move too fast for me..

JM said...

Wow! Fantastic shot! You can even see the hair!

Judi~Gmj said...

Lovely!! I like how it's antinae look beaded.

Aileni said...

Another perfect picture. Quite lovely.

Steve Buser said...

Having two beauties together does qualify it for a perfect shot. The colors are outstanding.

Louise said...

Gorgeous shot!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

A most excellent photograph of a beautiful creature. I guess I don't have the right sort of flowers to attract Red Admirals to my yard (assuming they come here --hmmmm! I see research in my future).

Anna said...

I love this! The detail and color is great.

ratmammy said...

wow, such gorgeous colors!

magiceye said...

stunning shot! superb capture!


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Blue said...

I have to say it ... Wow!
What a perect close-up.
Very few Red Admirals around here.

Lilli & Nevada said...

WOW! that is absolutely gorgeous

bobbie said...

Your red admiral is gorgeous! You've reminded me that I have a number of butterfly pictures from a few years back. These days I'm not fast enough to capture them.

Rayne said...

Great capture. Thank you for telling us about this type of butterfly, up until recently I didn't realize how many different types there were.

Sharon said...

What a stunning photo. Thanks for sharing.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Very pretty. I have never seen a Red Admiral before. Quite lovely.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Abraham,
There are less butterflies here right now too. I think it's because the nights have been unseasonably cold. Cool nights are good for humans but not for insects, I suspect.

I deadhead my coneflowers to keep them flowering. Later on I'll let them o to seed for the yellow finches. ;-)

southshieldsdailyphoto said...

This is a quite superb macro shot, and the colour saturation - WOW!

Great work on your blog today and a very appropriate picture.

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fishing guy said...

EG: That is one beautiful butterfly and you captured it so well.

Crafty Gardener said...

Beautiful photo of the red admiral. It's great to discover another blogger from Ontario.
Thanks for visiting The Gardener Side

babooshka said...

This is marvellous. We have so few butterflies this year, that this is so great for ne.

the teach said...

EG, outstanding photography! We don't see very many butterflies at all around this suburban neighborhood. So thankyou for the close-up view! :)

kjpweb said...

That is a wonderful closeup. Great DOF and perfectly posing on the cone!
Excellent

Dragonstar said...

That's such a lovely shot! I haven't seen a Red Admiral for a while, but you never know ...

sonia a.m. said...

Wow! What a wonderful picture! Dot told me about your great blog and I am glad she did!
Have a nice Sunday!

People with Cameras said...

Wowser! That's absolutely gorgeous!

dot said...

This is a beautiful clear shot!

B. Roan said...

Really nice close ups. My poor little camera can't keep up with such excellence. Beautiful!

Island Rambles Blog said...

WOW Great shot.....Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog post for Camera Critters. I really appreciate that you visited my blog and I hope you will come back and see the mountains today. cheers.

Kerri said...

Oh my! This has to be one of the best shots of a butterfly on a flower that I have ever seen! Absolutely stunning!!

Misty Dawn said...

Gorgeous capture. I haven't seen any Red Admirals around here lately... hmmm, I'll have to make a point to look for them.

Kelly said...

Beautiful Red Admiral Butterfly! Fabulous photo!!

Greyscale Territory said...

An awesome shot! The colours and textures are simply brilliant!

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