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Butterfly - Red admiral

Observed: 11th November 2012 By: ranon.2011ranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebratesranon.2011’s reputation in Invertebrates
11.11.2012 Butterfly - Red admiral
Description:

Found feeding on a Castor oil plant in a calm part of the gardens.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) interacts

Comments

ranon.2011's picture

Morning Chris, The Castor-oil

Morning Chris, The Castor-oil plant is worth taking a look at, as [in this milder climate area] it is producing pollen.

Michael Skelton's picture

"Castor-oil Plant"

I think you'll find the Red Admiral is on Fatsia japonica, a member of the ivy family, which has very similar but paler flowers, and which flowers as Ivy is going over, and so provides a useful late supplement for late autumn insects.

DavidNotton's picture

Fatsia japonica

is called the "false castor oil plant" by some, since the leaves look similar