Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A Butterfly of Rank

The Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta (Nymphalidae)
 
 
 
 
The Red Amiral's jet black upper wings are marked with bands of red and white spots, with a single blue spot at the base of each hindwing. The underside of the forewing has a similar pattern and colouring,however when resting this is often concealed by the more cryptic undersurface of the hindwing, which is marbled smoky Brown, bluish and black.The Red Admiral is found in almost any flowery habitat.

42 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i like your title. :)

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

I didn't see him here already, Sonjia. Great you have spotted and photographed one. Great blog again. Greetings, Joke

Giga said...

Śliczny motyl i cudowne zdjęcia, a szczególnie pierwsze. Pozdrawiam.
Cute butterfly and wonderful pictures, especially the first one. Yours.

marijke said...

Fantastic photographs Sonija. We see him not earlier as July overhere.
Your camera brings lovely colours.
Have a wonderful evening.

Adam said...

pretty butterfly

Teresa said...

Son muy lindas. Besitos.

Stephanie said...

The underside of the wings is so different from the top. Amazing!

Maria said...

Really sharp and nicely framed!

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
:=)Thank you Tex!

Breathtaking said...

Joke (Jokes Camera)
Thank you Joke:) Gardening on
warm sunny days I see the lovely butterflies come into my garden. They are very fond of the Verónica shrub shown in the photo.

Breathtaking said...

Giga
Thank you Giga:) This is one of my favourite butterflies I've only had two sightings this year,but hope to see more.

Breathtaking said...

marijke
Thank you Marijke:)Here, the recent hot spell of good weather has brought out both the butterflies and dragonflies.Enjoy your week:)

Breathtaking said...

Adam
I agree! One of the most colourful European butterflies.

Breathtaking said...

Teresa
Thank you Teresa:)Have a good week:)

Breathtaking said...

Stephanie
Hello Stephanie:)
The hind wings are completely different. The marbling effect is
natures way of camourflage.

Breathtaking said...

Maria
Hi Maria! Thank you so much:) I will be over to see you as soon as I can.

susan said...

majestic!!!!!

Breathtaking said...

susan
Thank you Sue:) A commanding butterfly!!

ladyfi said...

Dazzling and stunning shots.

ShySongbird said...

Hi Sonjia :-) Stunning photos of my favourite butterfly :-)

The dragonfly photos on the previous post were really beautiful too!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Just beautiful. Fullcolors.. Congrats and regards..

Sonia Aguiar said...

Querida Sonjia, me gusta mucho la serie de fotos de esta mariposa, puedo observar con detalle las pequeñas antenas :) Gracias por deleitarnos con tu arte.
Un cariñoso abrazo, Sonia.

Breathtaking said...

ladyfi

Thank you for your very gererous comment:)

Friend of HK said...

Thank you for your support for my blog. I hope my new UK wildlife stories will be of interest to you as well.

Rita Vaselli said...

Extraordinary beauty, flights suspended in the air so colorful, you,dear Sonija, know as convey the beauty of your garden up to my heart. Wish I was there!
Warm hugs, Rita.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

As always, these are some truly beautiful captures my friend. Happy Monday to you :)

Breathtaking said...

ShySongbird
Thank you Jan:=) So sorry I'm late in replying, and I hate being late, but an old school friend is taking his vacation with us, and since his arrival blogging has been difficult. I will probably be taking a break for the next few weeks.
Take care:)

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist

Thankyou Keith:) So sorry I'm late in replying. Real life happy events
are making blogging a little difficult to do right now. See you when I can, as I really enjoy reading your latest museings:=)

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella
Thank you Ana, you are always so generous with your comments.

Len said...

Not seen any butterflies so far this year and no bees either. There is a lot of talk about some forms of insecticides coupled with the loss of hedgerows being the cause. Are these subjects being discussed in Portugal?
LEN

Breathtaking said...

Sonia Aguiar
Dear Sonia, sorry to be so late in replying to your lovely comment.:) An old school friend has been staying with us, and it has been a busy time. Thank ou so much for your visit, and I will visit you very soon
Hugs:=)

Breathtaking said...

Rita Vaselli

Thank you Rita:=) It would be nice if we lived near enough for us to visit one another:) How lovely it would be to see you painting in my garden!:=)
Hugs and Kisses:)

Breathtaking said...

Len
Poor weather conditions in all of Europe is the main cause for the few sightings of insects this year.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I look forward to your next post and I hope your summer is going well thus far :)

Bob Bushell said...

And you have photographed so well.

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell
Thank you Bob:) It's good to see you here again, and it's good to be back blogging.:=)

Noushka said...

I agree, that is definitely a rank butterfly!
Gorgeous pics, congrats!

Breathtaking said...

Noushka
Thank you Noushka, lovely name by tne way, it sounds Russian:)

France said...

Je le vois de moins en moins ce papillon ici dans le SUD pourtant j'aime ses couleurs
bravo

Mary Brown said...

Butterflies fascinate and what we see in your blog are beautiful. Kisses

Breathtaking said...

France
Thank you:)I have also not seen as many this year as in previous years.

Breathtaking said...

Mary Brown
Thank you Brown eyes:) They are so colourful, and I love to see them in my garden, although I have not seen many so far this year.

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