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Lorquin’s Admiral

Scientific Name:

Limenitis lorquini

Type:

Insect

Habitat:

Forest edges, canyons, streamsides, groves of cottonwood and poplar.1

Range:

This species is found from British Columbia south to Southern California, and East to western Montana and Idaho.1

Status:

Least concern.

This species is

Native

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

The upperside of the wings is black, with white oval spots on both wings. When the wings are open flat, the white rows connect, and form a single curve.2 Wingtips are orange brown. Underside of wings is reddish brown with white markings. This butterfly is large, with a wing span of 2-2 ¾ inches.1

Fast Facts:

  • The host plant of this species are wild cherry, willows, poplar, and cottonwood trees.1

  • Partially grown caterpillars will overwinter in rolled leaf shelters, emerging in spring.1

  • The caterpillar is covered in ridges and bumps, and is a mix of brown, white, and gray colors-their appearance mimics bird droppings to deter predators.3

  • Adult butterflies have a different diet than their caterpillar counterparts, including nectar from flowers such as Yerba Santa, and California Buckeye, tree sap, decaying fruit, and dung, as it provides a number of essential minerals.3

  • This butterfly belongs to the Nymphalidae family, or the brush-footed family. Butterflies in this family have reduced front legs without feet, and instead have brushes of hair for sensing.4

Sources:

1. Lorquin’s Admiral Limenitis lorquini (Boisduval, 1852) | Butterflies and Moths of North America. (n.d.). Www.butterfliesandmoths.org. Retrieved June 27, 2024, from https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-lorquini

2. Lorquin’s Admiral. (n.d.). Www.insectidentification.org. Retrieved June 27, 2024, from https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.php?identification=Lorquins-Admiral-Butterfly

3. Dhir, B., Piyushi. (2023b, September 4). Lorquins Admiral: All You Need to Know in a Nutshell. What’s That Bug? https://www.whatsthatbug.com/lorquins-admiral-all-you-need-to-know-in-a-nutshell/

4. Dhir, B., Piyushi. (2023a, September 4). Brush Footed Butterfly: All You Need to Know in a Nutshell. What’s That Bug? https://www.whatsthatbug.com/brush-footed-butterfly-all/

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Katie Quinlivan, research &content

Dayna Genio, web edits

Last Updated:

July 5, 2024 at 5:20:12 PM

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