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Droopy

February 8, 2015

A Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) was spotted on 15 September 2014 along the boardwalk in the hemi-marsh at Huntley Meadows Park.

Look closely at the full-size version of the following photo. The marbled pastel colors on the ventral side (underside) of the Red Admiral’s wings are beautifully understated, distinctly different from the high-contrast colors on its dorsal side.

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

According to Kevin Munroe, park manager, Red Admiral butterflies prefer to feed on minerals rather than nectar. Salt in sweat and the minerals in animal scat are among the Red Admiral’s favorite foods. In this case, the butterfly was feeding on a faint scat stain on the boardwalk railing.

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

Aw, why so sad, Mr. Droopy antennae?

Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

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Red Admiral butterfly redux

August 2, 2012

The following photographs feature a Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) spotted along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park.

According to Kevin Munroe, park manager, Red Admiral butterflies prefer to feed on minerals rather than nectar. Salt in sweat and the minerals in animal scat are among the Red Admiral’s favorite foods.

This individual is perching/feeding on the hands of two women and on my shoe.

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Red Admiral butterfly

May 19, 2012

A Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) was spotted during a photowalk through Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

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The following photo shows the butterfly feeding on Rubus sp. flowers, possibly a species of Dewberry plant.

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