My daughters found this beauty in our yard today – thanks to your site I was able to identify it! Incidentally, my children love your site whenever they find a new bug they ask to ‘find it on the bug page’!
Your Red Admiral images are gorgeous. It is wonderful that you captured an open and closed wing view. It is really difficult for us to try to pick our favorite butterfly, but if faced with that decision, we would probably choose the Red Admiral. There are larger, showier and more beautiful butterflies, but there are few with the cheerful personality of this beauty. In our yard, each year a new generation appears, and they definitely exhibit unusual behavior. One of the most charming is sunning themselves on our garden hose in the late afternoon hours.