When I was younger, Red Admirals, Vanessa atalanta, always seemed to be relatively rare and special butterflies. It could just be that I'm looking harder or it could be that our evolving garden is more attractive but last year they seemed to be much more common. Possibly because of their previous unavailability they still seem special.
Here's another side to the red admiral; its more cryptic underside. You can just about make out its probiscus snaking straight into one of the mini-flowers on this unidentified white B. davidii cultivar.