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Red Admiral

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Common Name Red Admiral
Scientific Name Vanessa atalanta
Interest Level
Related Species Nymphalid Butterflies (Admirals and Fritillaries)
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Habitat Reference

A familiar garden butterfly, especially later in the year.


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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This pic was taken on 4th September 2012. It was that time of year when the only butterfly that...
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This pic was taken on 20th August 2013. Although the upper side of the wings on the red admiral is...
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Beautiful morning at Lorton Meadows with a stunning Red Admiral #DWTwey
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05/04/2017 - 12:00
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
22/01/2018 - 15:29 Fabian Harrison

First drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker & butterfly (Red Admiral) of the year this morning! Spring is on the way... 🌱

10/01/2018 - 11:44 Ian Ballam

2nd Red Admiral of the day at Lytchett Heath

03/01/2018 - 11:08 Ian Ballam

Red Admiral braving the wind at Sandbanks this morning, 3rd of January @BC_Dorset @savebutterflies

12/12/2017 - 14:28 Martin Adlam

Fortuneswell, Portland 14:10 - Red Admiral by the Co-op.

19/11/2017 - 14:29 RSPB Arne

Dartfords calling and Red admirals bathing, but no Hen harriers yet on our survey!

16/11/2017 - 20:24 Colin Lamond

Red admiral in Verwood today

12/11/2017 - 14:50 Steve Smith

@PaulUpwey 10+ Red Admirals in Winspit this am along with male Ring Ouzel. Grey Seal just offshore

12/11/2017 - 13:57 Paul Harris

Still the odd Red Admiral to be seen, this one sheltering in a wall at Rodden Hive. Also 5 Grey Plover, 27 Redshank…

07/11/2017 - 19:34 Retweet

RT @MikeRob2966: Still a few Red Admirals and Speckled Woods about today at @RSPBArne

06/11/2017 - 09:53 Andrew Cooper

A Red Admiral in the garden this morning, already enjoying the sunshine despite the cool temperatures.…

05/11/2017 - 21:56 Mike Gibbons

RT @cloudedyellows: Some sparklers for Nov 5th at Southbourne U 8 Clouded Yellows,1 Small White,1 Peacock,6 Red Ads @savebutterflies @BC_D…

01/11/2017 - 15:02 Andy Martin

Ulwell Nov1st 16c 🌞️ lots 🦋 still around ☺️+Red Admirals demonstrating the importance of leaving a nettles patch…

29/10/2017 - 15:01 Peter Robertson

Another beautiful day @DurlstonCP with 2 Sandwich Tern flying East, lots of red admirals and this comma @BC_Dorset

28/10/2017 - 06:55 Colin Lamond

A comma and red admiral at Longham Lakes yesterday.

25/10/2017 - 18:25 Dom Greves

Painted Lady 🦋 fought off Red Admirals for aerial supremacy atop Swyre Head this afternoon. @BC_Dorset…

25/10/2017 - 17:07 Paul Harris

At least 30 Red Admiral on the wing around Langton Herring, plus one Painted Lady.

25/10/2017 - 14:48 Martin Raper

Steady trickle of Red Admirals flying over Beaminster Down, in straight line south. (Sea at Lyme Bay visible).

22/10/2017 - 06:16 Colin Lamond

Some insects on Ivy in Verwood yesterday. Red Admiral, Cluster Fly (Pollenia) and Episyrphus balteatus.

11/10/2017 - 09:49 Andrew Cooper

Fresh-faced Red Admiral in the garden yesterday, the empty chrysalis, from which it came, is crumpled like another…

10/10/2017 - 13:44 Andrew Cooper

A couple of Red Admirals are still gracing the garden, this one enjoying the fermenting pears yesterday.

08/10/2017 - 16:01 Peter Orchard

Also from Cole Wood: Several hornets, several red admiral, speckled wood, great spotted woodpecker, grey squirrel and 2 buzzards overhead

06/10/2017 - 13:38 John Lloyd

It's been a great autumn for Red Admirals so far. Lots feeding on ivy at Hengistbury Head this morning.

05/10/2017 - 17:46 Peter Orchard

Ringstead to Osmington Mills: Mesembrina meridiana, ivy bee, red admiral (lots) large white, clouded yellow, small copper, peacock, kestrel

04/10/2017 - 12:59 Liz Woodford

Red admirals everywhere at lodmoor this morning #weymouth #BigButterflyCount

03/10/2017 - 19:12 Peter Orchard

Other butterflies at Durlston today: large white, speckled wood, meadow brown and lots of red admirals

03/10/2017 - 14:57 Retweet

RT @martinswarren: 9sp butterfly on the wing at Lulworth Cove today, inc 3 Painted Lady, 2 Clouded Y, and loads Red Ads @BC_Dorset @DorsetA…

03/10/2017 - 12:15 Retweet

RT @terrytwitcher: Good numbers of Red Admiral this morning

02/10/2017 - 14:01 Martin Adlam

Church Ope Cove: Butterflies this morning, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Large White and a nice Clouded Yellow. @PortlandBirdObs

28/09/2017 - 16:17 Peter Orchard

Also from Radipole: GS woodpecker, red admirals, small copper, southern hawker, common darter, H pendulus, E tenax, E pertinax, Cettis x 6

27/09/2017 - 08:46 Debby Saunders

Also at Ferrybridge Short-eared Owl, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Brent Geese over, Kingfisher in the channel , Red Admirals everywhere

18/09/2017 - 15:35 Lulworth Rangers

Small copper out on Bindon Hill this morning. Also seen were 2 Adonis blue, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small Heath,…

17/09/2017 - 23:05 Retweet

RT @Portland_Nature: Back to Portland again. A walk along Barleycrates Lane, counted the following on Ivy. 150+ Red Admiral, 12 Peacock, 2…

15/09/2017 - 14:53 Richard Bradford

Look out for Red Admirals enjoying brambles in autumn, here at Alners Gorse #Dorset @BC_Dorset @DorsetWildlife…

02/09/2017 - 14:13 Debby Saunders

Garden full of Butterflies today, at least 10 Red Admiral, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, singles of Painted Lady and Peaco…

01/09/2017 - 15:00 Portland Bird Observatory

...noticeable northbound passage of Red Admirals.

30/08/2017 - 09:49 Lulworth Rangers

Butterflies yesterday - Adonis, C'hill & Com blue, Med Brown, Marb White, Sm Heath, L & S White, P Lady, Sm Tort, Red A, & Sp Wood.

25/08/2017 - 22:02 Pam Parsons Red Admiral today NT Coneys Castle Dorset @NatureUK @savebutterflies @BC_Dorset
11/08/2017 - 11:04 Peter Orchard A few insects at Abbotsbury gardens yesterday but I suppose as most are imported flowers they are not popular with native insect species?
24/07/2017 - 20:30 Dorset Wildlife Trust Wildlife walk today: Common Blue, Red Admiral & Painted Lady! @DorsetWildlife @wildlife_skills @BC_Dorset…
24/07/2017 - 18:45 Debby Saunders I'm watching around 15 Red Admiral #butterflies on the Buddleia from the kitchen window ☺
16/07/2017 - 16:45 Two Owls Birding Common Blue, Grayling, Peacock, Red Admiral, 6spot Burnets, Gatekeeper #ButterflyCount #lytchettbaywildlife
19/06/2017 - 19:30 Ian Ballam Red Admiral, Queens Copse
28/05/2017 - 17:15 Tom Brereton Plenty of Red Admirals in and around Bridport at the moment, plus the odd Silver Y and Painted Lady
22/05/2017 - 19:00 Bob Ford Lots of small blues by the Weymouth Relief Road this afternoon, also this dingy skipper. See full species list at…
07/05/2017 - 20:45 Andrew Cooper There appears to be an increase in Red Admirals in the last few days, including egg laying females along the River…
01/05/2017 - 12:45 Ian Ballam Must have been an influx of Red Admirals today 30+ across the fields also 1 LRP #LytchettFields @harbourbirds
29/04/2017 - 14:45 RSPB Arne Suns brought out the butteflies. Green Hairstreak, Orange-tips, Comma, Brimestones, Speckled Wood, G V White & Red Admiral so far.
05/04/2017 - 12:00 Dorset Wildlife Trust Beautiful morning at Lorton Meadows with a stunning Red Admiral #DWTwey
25/03/2017 - 15:45 RSPB Weymouth Common lizards 🦎 seen at Radipole today + brimstone, peacock, red admiral, comma & sml tortoiseshell 🦋 @BC_Dorset @ARC_Bytes #spring
02/03/2017 - 18:15 Nick Hull Had my first butterfly of the year at Blandford this afternoon a Red Admiral.