red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), European peacock (Aglais io), mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Plate VIII. from W. S. Coleman's British Butterflies (1860).
1. Red Admiral. = red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
2. Peacock. = European peacock (Aglais io)
3. Camberwell Beauty. = mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)
Date 11 October 2010
Source W. S. Coleman's British Butterflies
Author Keith Edkins
The red admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. Atalanta is a figure in Greek mythology, a strong yet feminine woman who faces obstacles and backlash for refusing to follow gender norms.
The European Peacock (Aglais io), more commonly known simply as the Peacock butterfly, is a colourful butterfly, found in Europe and temperate Asia as far east as Japan. Formerly classified as the only member of the genus Inachis (the name is derived from Greek mythology, meaning Io, the daughter of Inachus).
Nymphalis antiopa, known as the mourning cloak in North America and the Camberwell beauty in Britain, is a large butterfly native to Eurasia and North America. The immature form of this species is sometimes known as the spiny elm caterpillar. Other older names for this species include grand surprise and white petticoat. A powerful flier, this species is sometimes found in areas far from its usual range during migration.