Red Admirals in New York

Location: New York City, Manhattan
May 15, 2012 3:52 pm
My husband and I noticed many groups of these flying around the park last week (on 5/11/12) in New York City. We’re used to seeing 1 or 2 at a time, but these were flying in groups of 4-6 and there seemed to be several groups as we proceeded down the block on our walk. We were curious as to what they might be – moth or butterfly and type? If you could please help us, we’d greatly appreciate it.
Thank You!
Signature: Nat

Red Admirals

Hi Nat,
These are Red Admiral Butterflies and they are swarming in great numbers throughout much of eastern North America.  For unknown reasons, some years we experience such population explosions.  Here is an excellent article from

Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to reading more about this.

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