Red Admiral

Red Admirals are visitors from the south. Their numbers fluctuate from year to year, but they are usually common to abundant in our area. 

This Red Admiral is nectaring on an echinacea flower. Red Admirals seem to be particularly fond of purple coneflowers. 

Red Admirals are most numerous in spring and early summer. My earliest sighting is March 26th. Their numbers drop off precipitously after July, but a few stragglers persist until late in the fall. My personal late sighting is November 11th.