Wordless Wednesday—Evening Dining

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Not completely wordless this Wednesday, last evening I spotted a butterfly enjoying newly opened flowers of Lantana camara (Common lantana). The striking pattern and distinct coloring made it easy to identify this as Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

The light was low and the Red Admiral jumped around out of range as I approached so it was hard to get a good photograph, but in several images I was excited to see reflections in the fence post.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on Lantana camara (Common lantana)

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on Lantana camara (Common lantana)

 

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15 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday—Evening Dining

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Christina. I’m reviewing a photography class on DVD and the instructor pointed out a shot in which he captured reflected color on the subject and was so thrilled about it. Not quite the same but I was happy when I noticed the reflection.

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  1. rickii

    Looks like the lantana kept the admiral busy long enough for you to get some great shots. No matter how much patience I muster, they always flit away far too soon.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I read the admiral has very erratic flight patterns and I believe it. Would have liked the images to be sharper but it’s fine. I am not sure I’ve ever seen this butterfly before at all.

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  2. bittster

    Nice effect and a pretty butterfly, I like how all the colors work together. One year admirals were all over the place here, I think they’re a very cyclical butterfly.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Jason. My first Red Admiral! The lantana died all the way back last winter so is only now finally in full bloom. It will get another couple of feet taller and wider before winter (unlike the hybrid lantana that come in yellow or pink used for landscaping).

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  3. P&B

    Beautiful photos. Surprisingly, the Red Admiral slowed down and let you take photos. Red Admirals up here never stop flipping their wings.

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