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.
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!