Random Insect: Red admiral

Red admiral butterfly (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Vanessa atalanta) photographed 09/17/2011 at Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Akron Ohio.

While stopped alongside Tinkers Creek at Cuyahoga Valley National Park I came across a number of these red admirals (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Vanessa atalanta) sipping nectar from various late-summer asters.  These butterflies overwinter in the deep south, but migrate northward every summer across much of North America.  The winter cold kills off most of them, sparing only the southern inhabitants who help the cycle repeat the following year.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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