Vanessa atalanta update - Denmark

Morten DD Hansen biomddh at
Sat Jul 3 11:17:47 EDT 1999

Hi Leps-netters
The immigration of the Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) to Western
Scandinavia has not been favored by the relatively poor weather with
huge rainfalls. However, in E Sweden, Finland and Estonia the species
has been very common in June with lots of immigrants, probably due to
the heat wave from SE.
So far, there have been two distinct migrations towards Denmark.
20-30 May: A small immigration with a peak 27-29 May.
19 June - 3 July: A small immigration with a peak during the last days.
The specimens seem to be very fresh and may be immigrants from C
Any sightings elsewhere in Europe?
Kind regards
Morten DD Hansen
Morten DD Hansen, stud. scient.
Dept. of Zoology, Institute of Biological Sciences
Building 135, University of Aarhus
Universitetsparken, DK-8000 Aarhus C
Telephone: +45 8942 2695
e-mail: biomddh at
homepage on migrating birds and butterflies:
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