From a distance, I thought this was a Monarch butterfly. I grabbed my camera and headed for the butterfly bush only to discover this beauty. I've never seen this type of butterfly before and I had no idea what it was.
I've learned that some butterflies are more easily spooked than others so I took a couple shots from some distance and then took a step closer. That was all it took to send this guy off! Fortunately, the two quick shots I got came out pretty clear. It turns out, this is a Red Admiral butterfly. It's very striking!