Butterflies showed up with the warm spring and there is plenty blooming to keep them busy. I finally managed a shot of the Red Admiral. This beauty graces the jacket cover of my butterfly field guide.
The notes state that the Red Admiral likes to chase other Red Admirals and Painted Ladies before a storm and at dusk . Maybe its the change in energy. Here's a Painted Lady on my stunning patch of Calendula. She'll make a fine chasing partner.