Red admiral butterfly attack

I was out in my yard today picking weeds and kept getting dive bombed by red admiral butterflies.  It kept bopping me on the head when I was looking down.  I’m happy to say I survived without any harm done to myself.

Apparently, it must have been a male trying to court a female.  Anyway, this one landed long enough for me to take his picture with my cell phone.  I read somewhere that they are attracted to the smell of fermenting fruit.  I wonder if I have them around this year because of my compost pile.  Does composting fruit attract butterflies?

red admiral butterfly

red admiral butterfly

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