Last year I did up a post about the kinds of butterflies visiting the gardens. (You can review that butterfly post here.)
At that time I didn't mention one particular butterfly - the red admiral - because I never saw one.
Well, this year sure is different. I don't know what has been added to the environment (unless it's just the extra warm, extra early spring weather itself), but this year I've got more red admirals than the entire Chinese fleet! LOL
At one point I counted 9 or 10. They don't seem to be visiting any blooms (although I did spy one on a rhody once). Most of the time they are flitting around, and around, and around. I swear they are doing laps around the house.
When they aren't flitting, they're usually resting on leaf litter (my fall mulch of choice), or sticks. In this pic one of them was sunning itself on a deck railing. The colors are striking and for once I could see the tiny blue spots, not just the white, orange, black and sable.
Other butterflies I've already seen this year: tiger swallowtail, eastern black swallowtail, and the ubiquitous cabbage butterflies.
The year is starting well, and promises to be a really flitt-ful season. Hope your gardens are all a-flutter too. :-D