📷 Atalanta or Vulcano

in photography •  3 months ago

Atalanta or Vulcano, those are the Italian names of the red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) Silvia Beneforti saw yesterday in Italy after a hail storm.

These butterflies are very strong flyers; they are migratory and can fly from the Mediterranean to Finland in about 5 weeks; not your average flapper-about.

Here are some photos of this butterfly. They are quite pretty from the top, but the patterns on the side are really something else:

These butterflies are often seen until very late in the season. In this last photo you can see one feeding on the last available flowers (ivy) here in late October, getting some food in before flying back to the south of Europe:

There are some more photos of this species on @faltermann's blog.

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I see them here also a lot :) And I have some photos also from this butterflies :)


Post them!


they are up here but you need go long rode down to see posts :))

Familiar character.): I often see them in our region too. Very beautiful photos. Thanks @ocrdu


You are most welcome.

That's pretty impressive @ocrdu. Flying all that distance in just 5 weeks.

The red admiral is quite common here.

Great photographs of the undersides of the wings.


Thanks. They are common here too, although I didn't see many of them this year.

Beautifully captured butterfly macros. ❤
All are amazing! You've got a great eye for detail :) So beautiful :)

That we both chose the same motive today is a great coincidence. I really like your pictures of the butterfly. You photographed a female. This can be clearly seen by the small white dots in the orange band on the upper side of the wings. Only female butterflies have this characteristic.

Many greetings from @faltermann 🦋 🐛


Thanks, I didn't know that. Hard to spot when they fly past, but easy from photos.

Gorgerous colors!


Thanks! I do my best to do the butterfly justice.

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