The Red Admiral or previously called the Red Admirable. From information found on Wikipedia this butterfly is known as an unusually calm butterfly, and will often allow very close observations before flying away. Unfortunately, I did not get very close, but was excited to discover a new-to-me butterfly on my walk this morning.
As I look at this butterfly, and consider his names, I imagine that he has suffered some battle scars and yet survived to carry on.
The term “admiral” is described as a commander, evolving from terms such as king, prince, chief, leader, nobleman, lord and governor. I also looked up the term “atalanta” and found it described as a character in Greek Mythology, “a huntress who would marry only someone who could beat her in a foot race”.
When I look at the worn and ragged wings I can only imagine the life stories this lovely beauty might be able to share.
May we all fight hard our own battles and finish the race set before us.
A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.