Admiring Red Admirals

Red Admiral butterfly

Red Admiral butterfly

I was out mowing our yard today and kept seeing these butterflies flitting around our large Holly tree.  I finally stopped and went in to get my phone so I could take some pictures.  I discovered they are called Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta).  They are a migratory butterfly and appeared to be landing on the Holly tree to warm their wings.  It was a great sight for both me and Lucy to see.  As I looked more closely I could see the entire tree was full of them.  As are most butterflies, Red Admirals are good at camouflaging themselves.  Pairs of them rose together through the large tree only to land a few times for a quick photo opportunity.  Very beautiful.

I also noticed our Sweet Bay Magnolia is blooming for the first time.  Check out one of the beautifully, scented blooms.

Sweet Bay Magnolia bloom

Sweet Bay Magnolia bloom

Red Admiral on fence

Red Admiral on fence

Here’s an article I saw online from an Illinois newspaper about their unusually large numbers of Red Admirals this year.  I saw the above butterfly and several others while I was mowing the back yard.  There was a bit of a chill in the air today so I think they spent a lot of time in the sun warming up.  See anything great outside this year yet?  Share your photos!


About lucygracesmom

I am a mom of one 10 year old and stepmother to three wonderful adults; ages 20, 23 and 25. The youngest child is just beginning Fifth grade at Ashland Elementary in the Gifted/Quest program. She enjoys playing violin, archery and everything scientific. Mary Stewart is beginning her last year of medical school at Case Western in Cleveland. She and her fiancé, Franklin, plan to marry next June! Charles Morgan just graduated from the College of Charleston and will be beginning Post-Baccalaureate work next month. Betsy is living the college dream at Ole Miss in Oxford studying Business and the most fun ways to party. She plans to take the LSAT next summer! We are very blessed in the family department. My husband is a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property, computer and entertainment law. We are in the eighth year since starting our own business, Montague Law PLLC. I have the title Operational Manager which means the administrative end of the business (yuk) and now some new and fun work on the firm's website. We live in Lexington, KY or as many know it – horse country. Everything around here is horse-themed and it is a very beautiful area to live in and raise a family. I have many interests that span art, sciences, education, books, computer science and security and one of my greatest passions is design. One of my favorite blogs is Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge. I like living the simple life, spending time with my family and reading and writing about my interests in my blog. One of my hopes in developing this blog is to share with you the many things I enjoy so that you may enjoy them too. I love sharing cool information with people who appreciate it. I like pinning on Pinterest, keeping track of my high school friends, college friends and family on Facebook and don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes re-shelve books at the library because I enjoy it.

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  1. What a great surprise to see a red admiral and then suddenly recognize the several more all around like that! Similar experience here in southeastern PA recently.

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