Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Do butterflies sunbathe?‏

Red admiral sunbathing on New River Trail

The red admiral is a beautiful butterfly with a very wide distribution around the world.  It appears to be able to move northward rapidly in spring and deal with cold mornings.  It was 48 F on our back porch this morning in VA and I saw this red admiral apparently sunbathing on the New River Trail at mid morning.  It held its wings partially open so that sun and heat would reflect down on its dark body.  This allows it to raise its body temperature and fly earlier than it would otherwise be able to do.

Bill Dunson
Galax, VA

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