TQ1147 : A November Red Admiral

taken 7 months ago, near to Wotton, Surrey, Great Britain

A November Red Admiral
A November Red Admiral
In my own experience it's not that unusual to see this species (Vanessa atalanta) on the wing in early November - migrating south at top speed. But I counted myself lucky to find this one warming itself in the sunshine at 10.32 on November 5th. The shade temperature at the time was about 8C and the insect didn't budge when I approached to within a few feet - so I imagine it still had some warming left to do.

At the time of taking the photo I thought a November 5th sighting would equal my own latest record. But - dipping into the little Mitchell Beazley book that doubles up as my butterfly notebook - I find that my latest record was on November 10th 2001, in Richmond Park.

Photo taken close to the entrance to Manor Farm, Wotton.

A photo taken a few seconds earlier shows a bit more of the autumnal context: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 November, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 8 November, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1193 4736 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:12.8689N 0:23.9310W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1193 4736
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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