"I wish I'd been born with my clothes on me, like you were," he confided to the red admiral.
They were both addressed to the red admiral, and they bore English stamps.
You are quite right, Peter: the red admiral is undoubtedly a fairy.
Or perhaps the red admiral was indeed a fairy, as Peter said he was.
This beautiful insect lays its eggs and raises its young on nettles, and where nettles are, there is the red admiral also.
The red admiral fluttered his wings again, as if he quite understood.
He was swaying on his feet when he painted in the red admiral.
When the capture of this rare butterfly became known the red admiral nearly went crazy.
And there, in the afternoon sunlight, he made the acquaintance of the red admiral.
The red admiral has grown old and fierce since he shut himself up three weeks ago, and—oh, dear!
c.1200, "Saracen commander," from Old French amirail (12c.) "Saracen military commander; any military commander," probably ultimately from Arabic title amir-ar-rahl "chief of the transport," officer in the Mediterranean fleet, from amir "leader;" influenced by Latin ad-mirabilis (see admire).
Italian form almiraglio, Spanish almirante are from confusion with Arabic words in al-. Meaning "highest-ranking naval officer" is from early 15c. As a type of butterfly, from 1720, possibly a corruption of admirable.