Red Admirals are Migrating

Red admirals are among the few species of butterflies that have a two-way migration.  In Iowa this year we had huge numbers of this butterfly early in the summer, then their numbers went way down.

Friday I saw six in about 40 minutes.  All were flying fairly rapidly, and all were going in about the same direction–south-west along a hill.  The flight of red admirals is a little more dispersed than that of monarchs, so their migrations are not so noticible.

We probably won’t see them in large numbers again until next year.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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1 Response to Red Admirals are Migrating

  1. Finn Holding says:

    I didn’t know red admirals migrated. This has inspired me to do some research to find out if European ones do too.

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