The Red Admiral is mainly a dark chocolate brown/black. There are red/orange bands and white markings. I class it as one of the "big and brown" butterflies that visit Buddleia.
months seen in my garden: March, mainly August, up to November
Seen in garden, daily 1-5 August
Feeding on Buddleia at Organic Farm shop, 18 August
Feeding on Verbena bonariensis, 28 August
4 Red Admirals on Hemp agrimony at Coaley Peak, 3 September
Red Admiral on Ceratostigma and Hebe, 12 September
Another on Sedum spectabile, 12 September
Red Admiral on Hebe, 15 and 17 September
Red Admirals seen along path to town, 20 and 29 September
Feeding on Aster at Upton House, 2 October
Seen in Bath, 15 October
2 Red Admirals seen in Dorset, 27 October
Seen in garden, 31 October and 13 November
Red Admiral resting on paving slab, 22 June
I have 74 digital images of the Red Admiral butterfly saved from 2003.
Resting on dogwood. August 26.
Side view. On Buddleia Nanho Blue. August 4.
A very old & battered Red Admiral. August 23.
On Ivy. September 28.
On Sedum spectabile. August 29.
Side view. Feeding on Ivy. September 28.
Side view. On Mint. August 31.
At Northleach, Gloucestershire. Outside the former House of Correction was a shrub in a tub with a resting Red Admiral. September 3.
In the background is the bridge at Stourhead. Spotted a Small Tortoiseshell on a Clethra in the Plant Centre, so when I walked around the lake I was looking for the plant in situ. August 12.
Close-up. August 22.
I've seen a Red Admiral in early March and I've seen them in November. They seem to belong to autumn though when they enjoy blackberries, plums and other ripe fruit.
Size: 67-72mm (slightly larger size than Large White - see list of butterflies by size)
First Generation flight period: May-July
Second Generation flight period: Aug-Nov (classed as regular migrant. A few Red Admiral butterflies may hibernate in S. England)
Larval Food Plants: Nettles, Hops
Wild Nectar Plants: Hemp agrimony
Family Group: Nymphalidae - see list of butterflies by family