I've had several chances to photograph a Red Admiral Butterfly, but they
just do NOT want their picture taken! They fly high and fast. I've
walked, run, and even gotten the ladder out and chased one up a tree
with my camera, only to get fuzzy distant pictures.
Update, and new Red Admiral Butterfly pictures on the page:
I finally got decent photos when this Red Admiral Butterfly stopped
to nectar on a Bloodberry Bush.
I have a very tiny Bloodberry Bush in a pot, and I'll be putting it in
my yard soon. You can see what else uses Bloodberry as a nectar
plant on my nectar plants
. Enjoy the photos.
I'm still looking for eggs, a caterpillar, or a chrysalis to photograph
and will update this page if I find those or get better pictures of
another Red Admiral Butterfly.
You can see the proboscis of the Red Admiral Butterfly extending into
the Bloodberry flower in the photo below.
These photos of a Red Admiral Butterfly were all taken in Palm Beach or Broward County in South Florida. I'm still
looking for a caterpillar to photograph and post, so check back later to see if I found one.
No caterpillars yet, but this elderly Red Admiral landed right in front of me this week.
I'm SO glad I had my camera with me! I got a couple of nice photos, and then it flew off so fast I lost track of it.
These butterflies tend to do that...
This view really illustrates why I call this Red Admiral Butterfly
elderly; scales are missing and the right wing is torn and tattered.
I was fortunate enough to observe a Red Admiral laying an egg this past
The egg is the green ball in the middle of this
I'll work on better photos of the egg, and of course I'll update with
caterpillar and chrysalis photos as I get them.
found the hatched egg, but I never figured out where the caterpillar
went, so I'll keep my eyes open for another egg and try again. (Darn!)