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Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Branch

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Bradley & Fletcher No.: 1590
Agassiz No.: 59.023

Starting each spring and continuing through the summer there are northward migrations of red Admiral, 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 our area.

Post-2000 records
Pre-2000 records

Flight Times

References

More detailed information on this species can be found on the UK Butterflies website.


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