White Admiral

Limenitis camilla


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Limenitis camilla

 Group taking minerals on carnivore dung, Switzerland, June 2014

Limenitis camilla

Group on horse dung, Switzerland, June 2014

Limenitis camilla

Switzerland, July 2012

Limenitis camilla

Switzerland, July 2012

Switzerland, June 2005

Suffolk, UK, July 1986

France, July 2006

Switzerland, July 2006

Oxfordshire, June 2006

Limenitis camilla 1st instar larva

1st instar caterpillar, August 2014

Limenitis camilla first instar larva

1st instar caterpillar, August 2014

Limenitis camilla leaf damage

Characteristic summer leaf damage by white admiral caterpillars

Limenitis camilla larva

2nd instar caterpillar, August 2014

Limenitis camilla larva

2nd instar caterpillar, August 2014

Limenitis camilla larva

Caterpillar, May 2014

Limenitis camilla caterpillar

Caterpillar, Switzerland, May 2014

Limenitis camilla caterpillar

Caterpillar, Switzerland, May 2014

Limenitis camilla larva

Final instar caterpillar, May 2014

White admiral hibernaculum

Hibernaculum, Switzerland, November 2014

White admiral hibernaculum

Glimpse of caterpillar within hibernaculum, Switzerland, November 2014

The white admiral is a wonderful butterfly, associated with high summer in old woodlands, where it swoops along rides, defends territories from shoulder-high perches or feeds avidly on bramble blossom. It is superficially similar to the southern white admiral, L. reducta, but so different in reality the two butterflies are unlikely ever to be confused.