Name: Red Admiral
Scientific name:Vanessa atalanta
How to identify: Unmistakable, with the velvety black wings intersected by striking red bands and white spots near the tips of forewings. Undersides dark and mottled.
Where: All habitat types and a frequent visitor to gardens especially in the early autumn.
Best time to see: March to September
Did you know? This is a strong migrant species which returns to us every year from the Mediterranean region, although some red admirals are now hibernating in Britain
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