LIMENITIS ARTHEMIS ARTHEMIS: THE WHITE ADMIRAL BUTTERFLY
Limenitis arthemis arthemis:
THE WHITE ADMIRAL BUTTERFLY
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Species: arthemis arthemis
copyright C. Odenkirk
The White Admiral, Limenitis arthemis arthemis (wingspan 3.1-3.4"), ranges in southern
regions of Eastern Canada southward to just below the southern tip of Lake Michigan.
This butterfly is quite common on Prince Edward Island and I consider it to be P.E.I.'s most
beautiful species with adult Limenitis arthemis arthemis on the wing in July and
I never saw this species in New Jersey,
but Red-spotted Purples were there in abundance.
Limenitis arthemis arthemis caterpillars feed on birch, willow and poplar and overwinter in a
cocoon-like hibernaculum. I plan to experiment with this species during
the summer of 2000 to see if females will lay large numbers of eggs on sleeved hostplants
and to find the best way of overwintering larvae. Any information from
experienced breeders would be appreciated.
A female, sleeved on willow, deposited small
green, spheroid eggs at leaf tips, one to a leaf, but she was nearly spent and only deposited a
few eggs before perishing during August, 1999.
In July of 2001 several females oviposited on sleeved poplar and I have approximately 100 larvae feeding. Larvae hide in hibernaculi when they are not feeding.
Adults frequently visit barnyard puddles and often land in the middle of gravel
roads near river bridges. Butterflies will also nectar at flowers and I had one visit my
butterfly bush August 20. 1999. Females tend to be larger than males with more blue in the lower wings.
Limenitis arthemis arthemis August 5, 2006, Topsham, Vermont,
courtesy/copyright Tom Murray.
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