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Friday 25 February 2011

Red Admiral in Cuckfield today.

Starting each spring and continuing through the summer there are northward migrations, which are variable in extent and timing, from North Africa and continental Europe. The immigrant females lay eggs and consequently there is an emergence of fresh butterflies, from about July onwards. They continue flying into October or November and are typically seen nectaring on garden buddleias or flowering Ivy and on rotting fruit.
There is an indication that numbers have increased in recent years and that overwintering has occurred in the far south of England.  Source: Butterfly Conservation

This one is quite battered.  I suspect that is had over-wintered here and was lured out by the sudden warm weather and scent of Daphne bholua upon which it was feeding before I got these pictures on a Choisya sp.  The orange bands were not at all red, superficially ressembling a Painted Lady, which I don't think it is.  Too bad.  That would have been nice.

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