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Up Close and Personal

This red admiral let me get within a few inches so I could take its picture.   The photo was reduced in size but not cropped.  I did get that close.   I could have caught him with my fingers.

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Hard to See

The red admiral is a spectacularly beautiful butterfly that can be difficult to see, especially when it is on the dead leaves found on the forest floor. Lots of bright colors, yet somehow it still blends in.

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Catching the Last Rays

Red admirals are active late in the day when the weather is warm.  This one flew around rapidly, but stopped to bask in the last rays of sun for a few minutes. I see them high up in trees or … Continue reading

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First Butterfly of the Year

I saw my first butterfly of the year today.  It wasn’t this one–I didn’t get a picture.  But it was a red admiral. I never get tired of red admirals.

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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 … Continue reading

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Chasing Bugs

I chased some bugs tonight, and looked for some I did not find.  Years past have shown the alien but pretty wildflower dame’s rocket to be a magnet for butterflies, especially small skippers.  Not so this year.  The flowers are … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Getting Some Sap

This spring red admiral butterflies were very common.  Now, not so much.  But this individual was taking sap from a tiny crack in the bark of a bush in our yard today.  

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Another Red Admiral

We have had three nights where the temperatures dipped to around freezing.  I found frost on my windshield on only one morning. Red admirals continue to make their presence known.  The ones found in the spring are significantly smaller than … Continue reading

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First Butterfly Photographs of the Year

This has been an unusually warm year.  Flowers are blooming about three weeks ahead of schedule, and the butterflies are early as well.  As of today I have seen nine butterflies and four species. I was able to photograph the … Continue reading

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