Tag Archives: Red Admiral

Dark brown buterfly with cream spots

Speckled Wood. Photo: Brian Arnold

Black butterfly with striking red and white marking

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian says:

We saw these nice fresh looking Speckled Wood and Red Admiral at Durlston, Swanage today [14/5]. Our transect count however was still quite low – just 21 butterflies in a walk of 2.5 miles taking 90 minutes. We are very much hoping that numbers pick up soon. Other butterflies seen at Durlston today were Large White, Green-veined White and Holly Blue, plus we saw a lot of Silver Y Moths.

A white butterfly with some black markings on a green leaf

Green-veined White. Photo: Brian Arnold

A brown and red butterfly with black and white markings on a bluebell flower

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

Two photos from Brian sent in telling us:

The nice weather today 28/04/2024 brought out 7 species of butterfly in our garden at Harman’s Cross. They seemed to favour the sheltered area to the north of our house which was out of the wind. Species today were Red Admiral, Peacock, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Green-veined White and Small White. Apart from the Holly Blue and Peacock they were all nectaring on the bluebells.

A brown and red butterfly with black and white markings on a white flowering Blackthorn tree

Red Admiral. Photo: Roy Norris

Roy sent in this photo he took on 30/03/2024 at the Riverside Local Nature Reserve, Frome Terrace, Dorchester – he told us this was the first butterfly species he has photographed this year.

A brown and red butterfly with black and white markings resting on some pink flowers

Red Admiral. Photo: Penny Hawes

Penny sent in this photo telling us:

This is my first butterfly for 2024 – seen at Holme for Gardens on 12/02/2024.  I was hoping for a Brimstone in the Purbecks so a bit disappointed it’s only a rather tatty looking Red Admiral!

A brown and red butterfly with black and white markings resting on a metal pipe

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian sent in this photo telling us:

A bit like buses, not one, but two butterflies seen today, 12/02/2024 – they are the first I have have seen this year. This morning in our garden at Harman’s Cross, this Red Admiral posed on a piece of water pipe put there to tie plants to.  Perhaps it liked the warm metal surface of the pipe in the sunshine. Then in the afternoon we went to Kingston Lacy gardens to see the snowdrops and we got a fleeting glimse of a Red Admiral by the Japanese Garden.

A brown, red and black butterfly with white markings resting on the bark of a tree

Red Admiral. Photo: Donald Simcock

Donald sent in this photo telling us:

Val and I went birding at RSPB Arne on 26/01/2024 – walking through the wood we stopped to listen to the bird song and there I noticed this Red Admiral basking in the warm sun. This is the first time I have ever seen a butterfly in January.  We are looking forward to the warmer days with more butterflies but in the meantime it’s back to more birding.

A brown, red and black butterfly with white markings on a yellow gorse flower

Red Admiral. Photo: Mark Herbert

Mark sent in this photo telling us:

It’s 15/01/2024 – a crisp, cold day in the middle of January and 4C at lunchtime according to my car dashboard. Nonetheless, in a sheltered fold behind Woolsbarrow Hillfort in Wareham Forest, it was warm enough for this Red Admiral to be feeding on the flowering gorse.

The butterfly was flying strongly and looked in good condition. The area it was active in was out of the cold northerly wind, and in sunshine. There’s plenty of gorse in bloom for it to feed on. Good to see, especially as no other insects were spotted during my 90 minute walk.

A brown, red and black butterfly with white markings resting on the bark of an oak tree

Red Admiral. Photo: Brian Edge

Brian sent in this photo of a Red Admiral he saw two days ago on 06/01/2024 near Sharford Bridge – it is the second photo of a butterfly sent in for our Dorset BC Gallery this year.  Brian told us this one was warming itself on an oak tree adding that he thought more of them could be coming out of hibernation over the next few days.  However, the very cold weather of the past 24 hours will probably have put a stop to this.