This has been a big year for Red Admirals around here. The first ones I saw were very skittish and fluttered in jerks around the garden, rarely landing on anything for more than a second or two. I was not able to get any photographs. They seem to settle down with age and I was able to take these photos a couple of weeks ago on a walk along the Zumbro River and then also in our garden.
They love the purple coneflowers and liatris.
Once they find a coneflower they like they will go from floret to floret like the big hand circling a clock face. I was able to get right up on the one in montage below as it made a complete circuit round the flower.
This one was showing its age in its tattered wings and faded colors, but its appetite was undiminished!