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Red Admiral Profile

Red Admiral Profile
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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 229] (1577)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-30 12:21
Viewed: 2354
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot from the same venue as yesterdays upload.

Red Admiral
A large and strong-flying butterfly, common in gardens and found throughout Britain and Ireland. Brown/black wings with red bands and white spots near the tips of forewings. Undersides dark and mottled.

Latin name: Vanessa atalanta
Family group: Nymphalids

This strong-flying migratory species may be seen throughout Britain and Ireland and in almost any habitat, from sea-shore to town centres and the tops of mountains.

In spring, each newly arrived male defends its chosen territory vigorously. These territories are situated initially close to the south coast, then further inland and typically on bushy hillsides, in corners of sheltered gardens, or in sunny clearings in woodland or parkland, and may be held for a week or more if conditions are suitable for flight. Females are usually seen near nettle beds except when nectaring.

Later in the season, any flower-rich habitat is likely to attract the butterfly, including gardens where buddleias, stonecrops, and Michaelmas-daisies are all popular with Red Admirals. They also favour orchards where fruit is rotting on the ground.

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Hi Les,
nice photo of this butterfly. Very good point of view. Amazing colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Nice shot Mr.Bennett... the rotten apple works here. Brilliant light, fine detail and colors ...love it!
George Veltchev

Ciao Les, great dark side of Vanesa atalanta, excellent sharpmness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-03 13:15]

Hello Les.
This is a beauty! The colors and patterns of the butterfly are wonderful. Marvelous details too. A lovely picture.Best regards Siggi

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