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Red Admiral

Observed: 4th October 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Red Admiral
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Description:

Still here and haven't migrated yet - but do look pristine. This is one of many right down to the seafront here.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) interacts

Comments

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Insect Migration

As far as I am aware there is no real evidence that butterflies like this, which migrate to the UK, have ever really tried to migrate south (if they did it would be different generations anyway).

In the past they would migrate to the UK and breed successfully, but the offspring from later generations would be unable to survive the winter. Nowadays they are successfully hibernating over the winter like species such as Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, and Brimstones - so they can be seen at any time of year if there are warm spells.

(If my understanding is incorrect, hopefully someone will correct me!)