A Salute to the Red Admiral (Butterfly, That Is)
Out wandering at Santiago Oaks Regional Park this weekend, I found an unfamiliar butterfly sharing the trail at the Barham Ridge lookout point:
Of course I had to angle for a shot with my bare hiking feet...
Since the creature never fluttered the whole time I was taking photos, and because its left wing seemed pretty tattered, I started to wonder if it this creature’s breeze-riding days were over. I approached for a closer shot.
That was enough. The handsome Admiral set sail, but then landed a few feet down the trail in the same position: wings open, back to the warm setting sun.
When I got home, it was easy to identify it using Peter Bryant’s amazing web site, Natural History of Orange County. A few clicks and I had Peter’s photos of 71 local Southern California butterfly species to compare with my photos…and I discovered I had come across a Red Admiral.
You’ll have to go to his site to read for yourself about how “friendly” this species is. Pretty cool…