Friday, August 10, 2018

Look Who's Been Coming for Dinner

Every day for the last two weeks or so, right about dinner time, a Red Admiral has stopped on the rail of our back deck, right outside the kitchen windows. I'm pretty sure it's the same one; there's never two.
The Red Admiral has a very erratic, rapid flight. Males perch, on ridgetops if available, in the afternoon to wait for females, who lay eggs singly on the tops of host plant leaves. Young caterpillars eat and live within a shelter of folded leaves; older caterpillars make a nest of leaves tied together with silk. Adults hiberna

Is it a male looking for love?

Another factoid about Red Admirals:
Cannot survive coldest winters; most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants.
But do they migrate south, too?

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