Still shots hardly do justice to the zip, dart, and dive of red admirals in motion along Little Crum Creek.

And lately several have been fluttering rapidly over shoulders of local admirers.

Fortunately, on Friday, a few paused long enough for this brief appreciation.

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News clips from New Jersey, New York, and Ohio are reporting remarkable amounts of red admirals currently traveling north from southern states.

Some suggest that the annual migration is bolstered by locally emerging butterflies and a mild winter that helped more red admirals than usual survive the year.

Whatever the cause, several have suddenly filled the air here too.

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For an hour at sundown Friday, amid a creekside celebration with family, nearly two dozen red admirals swirled in fluttering clouds of three to eight, each giving tireless chase to the others above our marveling gaze.

What a way to mark a day!
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