Red Admiral- such an easily recognised butterfly, but only a small proportion are native, with increasing numbers overwintering in the UK, mostly in the milder south. The vast majority migrate here from Central Europe and even travel as far as Orkney and the Shetlands. The long journey might explain the faded,
tattered state of this adult on our Buddleia. That the numbers of this butterfly, whose caterpillars feed on nettles and hops, fluctuate so widely is due to the variation in migration patterns each year. They fly late into autumn, feeding on Ivy flowers and rotting fruit. Conditions: Very wet, mild day! Temperature: Max 15- Min 12C.