Red Admiral

I take a lot of photographs every day, but rarely publish more than one or two. Indeed I have a lot of photographs that I haven’t even processed which seems a shame, so here’s, hopefully, the first of a few catch up posts.

Yesterday we had a great walk around Rowney Wood, a lovely wood between Thaxted and Saffron Walden – you’ll find it almost opposite the main entrance to Carver Barracks as you head towards Debden in Essex. We spent around an hour strolling around the woods and saw many species of butterfly, all of which are shown in this image.

Of the butterflies going clockwise from top left we have:

  • Red AdmiralĀ (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus)
  • Large SkipperĀ (Ochlodes faunu)
  • Comma (Polygonia c-album)
  • Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)
  • Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

There was a species of butterfly that we often see in the woods but didn’t see yesterday which is the Peacock (Aglais io)…that’s the caterpillar you see here – there were hundreds of these busily devouring nettle leaves.


This Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) was photographed in Rowney Woods a week and a half ago, but it is becoming more and more common to see these throughout the year. Previously these would only be present in the UK between May and September so it will be interesting to see if this is one of the last Red Admiral’s we see this year or if we continue to see them into autumn and beyond.


Having been out looking for some butterflies to photograph with my new macro lens it was typical that, on returning home to Dunmow, we should immediately spot a Red Admiral fluttering around the back garden. Of course. as soon as it saw me with camera in hand it legged it into next doors garden! Not to worry, I was still able to get some pictures leaning over the 5 foot wall that separates our gardens.

As you can see, typical of the Red Admiral it had made for the buddleia and it very obligingly stayed there for a good 5 minutes.

Red Admiral on Buddleia Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral on Buddleia Vanessa atalanta