Tony Sargeant photographed this Red Admiral butterfly on the 25th September 2015 in the garden of his Shropshire home. Although called a ‘Red’ Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) the markings are more orange than red.
Is this another example of a plant or animal being named in English before we had a separate name for the colour orange ? Hence we speak of the bird as ‘Robin Red-breast’ – when clearly it has orange not red on his breast plumage. I think the first use of orange as a colour doesn’t appear in English until the 16th century.