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Red Admiral Butterfly, Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight

Observed: 15th January 2012 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Came across this Red Admiral making the most of bright winter sunshine at Quarr Abbey. It was feeding on the shrub Choisya ternata "(Mexican Orange Blossom")

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Species with which Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) interacts


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Red Admiral

A butterfly in January! Whatever next?

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Mexican Orange Blossom in

Mexican Orange Blossom in flower in January is pretty strange too!

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Choisya ternata!

Yes I was very surprised as well,I intend to do an observation of the Choisya as well when I get a chance, think it's interesting to find out the differences in flowering in various parts of the country!We are fortunate in having a very mild maritime climate on the Isle of Wight, we can get away with many tender plants!

David J Trevan

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Red Admiral!

Yes it was rather an amazing sight! It was feeding on Choisya which was planted against a south facing wall, a very warm spot even on a January day!

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