Recorded sightings in 2009: 286
Recorded sightings in 2010: 287
Status in Rother: Immigrant and episodic resident. Generally distributed across Rother.
Habitat: This strong-flying migratory species may be seen throughout Sussex and in almost any habitat, from sea-shore to town centres. The Red Admiral's most important and widely available larval foodplant is Common Nettle. In spring, each newly arrived male defends its chosen territory vigorously. These territories are situated initially close to the coast, then further inland and typically on bushy hillsides, in corners of sheltered gardens, or in sunny clearings in woodland or parkland, and may be held for a week or more if conditions are suitable for flight. Females are usually seen near nettle beds, except when nectaring. Later in the season, any flower-rich habitat is likely to attract the butterfly, including gardens where buddleias, stonecrops, and Michaelmas-daisies are all popular. They also favour orchards where fruit is rotting on the ground.
ID Tips: Unmistakable large dark butterfly with bright orange or red bands. Often flies fast and direct above head height.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 6 March
Recorded by: Gordon Jarvis
UK Distribution trend: 25%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -38%
Long term UK population trend: 350%