Red admiral butterflies – God’s gift to amateur photographers, including myself. Colourful, prolific, simple to identify, usually within easy camera reach. All very well, but sometimes they are so busy feeding that the colourful topside is kept hidden. These images from Dorset attempt to show that closed-wing images of feeding red admirals have the interest if not the good cheer factor of the popular view. See what you think…


  1. I know nothing about butterflies and I’m not very good at macros, but I know a good one when I see one. Well done! 🙂 I’ll bear your words in mind when the butterfly season starts, RH.

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  2. Hi there! These photos are absolutely stunning! I found the same butterfly in my garden today and had the hardest time identifying it. At first, I was thinking it was a Red Admiral too (it didn’t give me the best view of the interior) but I got a few shots of the outside of the wings too (nowhere near as beautiful as your photos!). I think it’s actually a Milbert’s Tortoiseshell. What do you think?

    Keep up the beautiful photos!


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