Red Admiral Migration

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

The population of Red Admirals has greatly increased during the past week in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The Red Admiral does not overwinter in Indiana but migrates from the south. In 2012, a warmer than usual spring, we had flocks of Red Admirals in April. 2015 has been a cool spring and the main migration seems to have been delayed. The numbers are not a great as the large flocks present in 2012. It is fun to watch about about a half dozen males fight for territory in my side yard. The males bump each other in flight then return to a roost.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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One Response to Red Admiral Migration

  1. S. Carter says:

    I think I told you this last year or the year before, but we have a special place in front of our house. On two certain sidewalk blocks, we always get a Red Admiral sitting and winking his wings. It’s freaky. It’s always the same two blocks.

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