Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly
A fresh Red Admiral butterfly (above left, February), a more faded specimen (above right) and a darker individual (below right).
They used to be all immigrants to UK but now, with warmer winters, some may hibernate here through the winter.
Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly
Red Admiral butterfly side
Red Admiral butterfly closed
The colourful side view
Red Admiral butterfly face
Red Admiral butterfly side
Red Admiral butterfly on hand Above photo of Red Admiral by Bob Clark (2006) and included with his permission.
Another Red Admiral by Bob Clark (2007); how does he coax these butterflies onto his hand?

FOREIGN RED ADMIRALS:

Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa vulcania

Tenerife Red Admiral butterfly
Vanessa vulcania
Tenerife variant Red Admiral Vanessa vulcania: less white on wingtips, darker red, more black on red bands -- more like chain links than red band.
Vanessa vulcania
Tenerife Red Admiral
Both versions of Red Admiral, atalanta and vulcania (appropriately) can be found on Tenerife.
Tenerife Red Admiral butterfly
Vanessa vulcania