Isolation Antidotes (36): Avast, Admiral!

While going back through my archives for today’s date in past years, I came across this photo that I made only two years ago in northern Minnesota, which somehow never quite made it into a post. It’s a red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), and many of you may recognize it, as it’s endemic not only to North America, but also to temperate Europe and Asia. I see these with fair frequency when we’re at the cabin, and I’m missing them this year; in fact, I can picture them going about their normal lives there as I write this here. This one had perched briefly on a young sumac bush, on which the flowers were developing.

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25 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (36): Avast, Admiral!

  1. Platypus Man says:

    They are currently flying here in the UK, saw several passing through our little garden last week. Handsome insects!

  2. I finally saw my first Red Admiral of the year the other day. It was a brief but wonderful encounter as it flitted through the garden. I can understand how you miss them so much there.

  3. I recognized the butterfly and figured the flowers could well be a sumac. What I never suspected is the etymology of avast, which the American Heritage Dictionary gives as follows:”From Middle Dutch hou vast, hold fast: hou, houd, imperative of houden, to hold + vast, fast.”

  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Wonderful capture of the butterfly!

  5. Ms. Liz says:

    Pretty! Do you get to see our NZ red/yellow admirals where you are? We get both down south.

    • krikitarts says:

      I haven’t had the pleasure yet, but I’ll keep an eye open. We’re planning a short family trip to Wanaka soon, and I’ll be on the alert!

      • Ms. Liz says:

        It’ll be too cold I think Gary, I don’t remember seeing the butterflies in winter.

      • krikitarts says:

        But of course. And it’ll be even a lot colder there than it is here. When I contemplate a brief vacation, it usually involves a trip to sunnier, warmer climes. But even after all this time I’m still trying to adjust my circadian clock, and sometimes it needs another kick-start. Thanks for the kick, Liz! Butterflies in winter. ;<}

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Yes we get these in the garden; beautiful insects; wonderful portrait! :)

  7. bluebrightly says:

    Such a beautiful portrait, with the flowers so nicely delineated, too. Last week I saw what might be our version – Lorquin’s admiral. I’ve only seen it one other time. We just don’t get many colorful butterflies here.

  8. Nice! I don’t think I’ve noticed the ‘X’ pattern on the eye before when I have seen these. This is a good view with the proboscis proboscising.

  9. shoreacres says:

    I’m so excited! I managed a photo of a pretty butterfly on Galveston Island, but hadn’t identified it yet. When I looked at this one, I wondered. And sure enough, I think this is what I have. At least I have a place to begin trying to identify it.

    I do have a question for you about another creature. I have a young possum lurking around: not a baby, but only half the size of an adult. Its tail looks funny to me, because the lower half is white, rather than the blackish-gray of the portion nearer the body. Is that normal? I’ve not be able to find any information that seems credible yet, so I thought I’d ask you. I’m going to get his photo up in the next few days, but here he is for your perusal. I wasn’t sure if the tail’d been damaged, or if it’s still developing.

    • krikitarts says:

      From your photo, it looks like the normal dark gray skin on the back half has sloughed to some extent, as if it had been scalded or possibly chemically burned. I’d suggest that you run your question by your local extension service. Or, better yet, give a call to your closest school of veterinary medicine and ask to talk to a dermatologist. Good luck–and please keep me posted!

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