red black and white butterfly nectaring on Cow Parsleyon

Red Admiral. Photo: Martin Wood

Martin was on a wildlife spotting walk at Lytchett Fields on 9/06/19  when he spotted this lovely Red Admiral.

This butterfly is primarily a migrant to our shores, although sightings of individuals and immature stages in the first few months of the year, especially in the south of England, mean that this butterfly is now considered resident. This resident population is considered to only be a small fraction of the population seen in the British Isles, which gets topped up every year with migrants arriving in May and June that originate in central Europe.

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