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Lorquin's Admiral (Limenitis lorquini)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Lorquin's Admiral

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This west coast Admiral sticks close to willows and takes the place of a similar, related butterfly.

Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Lorquin?s Admiral is a black butterfly with row of white oval spots on each wing. When open flat, the white rows connect, forming a large, single curve. Wing tips are orange with two white spots by the leading edge. A small white speck may be visible inside the curve by the leading edge. It shares a general likeness to other Admirals, but its features are unique.

This butterfly is large and is easy to notice. Its caterpillar is a mess of brown and white, with ridges and bumps. It could be mistaken for bird droppings. The brown head has tiny bumps on it. Poplar, chokecherry, willow, and cottonwood trees provide leafy food. This caterpillar can overwinter inside a curled leafy shelter and emerge in the spring. Adults take nectar from plants like privet, California buckeye, and yerba santa or mountain balm. Males may be seen taking water from muddy puddles, rotting fruit, and animal dung. Lorquin?s Admirals are less common on the outskirts of their range, making them a rare sighting in states like Nevada and Idaho.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Nymphalidae
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          Genus: Limenitis
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            Species: lorquini
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Limenitis lorquini
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 51mm to 67mm (2.00" to 2.63")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: black; orange; white
Descriptors: white curved line on wing; orange wing tips; flying; looks like Weidemeyer's

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 51mm (2.0in) and 67mm (2.6in)
Lo: 51mm
Md: 59mm
Hi: 67mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Lorquin's Admiral may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Lorquin's Admiral. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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