Description
The red admiral is probably one of the best known butterflies. It is black with red bands and white spots. The underside of the red admiral is dark brown and mottled black and blue. Both the female and the male are alike.

 

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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Underside

Where to sight species

This butterfly is usually found where there is a good supply of flowers. A very common sight in gardens. It is attracted to rotten fruit in the Autumn.

 

All over the Isle of Wight, very common.

 

© Zoe Hughes
Sighting Times
Late Spring to Early Autumn.

 

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