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Buzzz... continued
Somewhat better pictures of a White Admiral

White Admiral (female)

White Admiral

A Red Admiral, for contrast

Red Admiral

A Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

A Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown

And, in complete contrast, we came across this shrew on a pathway in Chigwell Row Wood, and had to secure the LDD, then get the thing to stop sitting there in full view of all passing dogs and encourage it to run into deeper grass. When I first saw it, I thought it was a dying butterfly. (Obligatory bad but interesting photo.)


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Nice shots! We saw several tortoiseshells today, most of which were obstinately refusing to pose.

I'm glad you still have Small Tortoiseshells up in Sheffield. I haven't seen one down here for some years -- of course, the species decline (along with the UK extinction of the Large) has been even more catastrophic here in the South.

I was happy to see so many today, after last year's dismal showing. They still seem to be one of the more common of the "pretty" varieties around here; we also get Peacocks and (fewer, I think) Red Admirals, and the occasional Orange Tip. And Painted Ladies (but the one in the icon was in Tucson, where they are quite common in the late summer.)

I have just found out that, apart from the White Admirals, Hainault Forest is a medium important breeding site for Purple Hairstreaks and Ringlets.

Beautiful photos and you answered (I think)a question. Yesterday morning a gorgeous rd orand brown a black butterfly (or moth) got it self stuck trying to get through my sealed front window. I did the slide it with a piece of paper into a glass thingy and released it off my balcony. I've been wondering ever since what it was. It looked exactly like your red admiral. Can that be possible?

Undoubtedly. Vanessa atalanta (known as the 'Red Admiral' in the English-speaking world) has a huge range.

The range of Red Admirals extends around the Northern Hemisphere, from northern Canada to Guatemala in the western hemisphere, and from Scandinavia and northern Russia south to North Africa and China in the east. It is established on Bermuda, the Azores, and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic, and the Hawaiian islands in the Pacific. It has been introduced to and breeds in New Zealand as well.

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Thank you very much. Now I know who my temporary guest was.

Ever wondered where a white admiral gets his name?

See - http://perfectcaptain.50megs.com/huguenots.html

The sash (red or white) was part of the uniform.

I love butterflies! Thanks for the post. Beautiful pictures, too, including the shrew.

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