Admiral or Admirable?

I have been reading Robert Michael Pyle’s Mariposa Road.  When I went to the Texas Butterfly Festival last October I met the man and got an autographed copy of his book.

He mentions often that he thinks the common name for the red admiral should be the red admirable.  I think I like his name better than the official common name.


Red admirables probably have two generations in Iowa, although The Butterflies of Iowa suggests that there are multiple overlapping generations.  The ones we see now are larger than the ones we see in the Spring–that is fairly easy to notice.


This butterfly is common, found all over, and still quite charming.


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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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One Response to Admiral or Admirable?

  1. theresagreen says:

    Definitely a better name – I’d prefer butterflies not to have military associations!

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