Southern white admiral - Limenitis reducta

Upperside  

Family: Nymphalidae

Flight Time: June - August

Size: 46-54mm

Altitude: 0-1650m

Underside  

Notes:

I found a small colony of these beauties on Ile aux Moines in the Golfe de Morbihan. They are comparatively rare in NW France so I was most pleased. Differences with the usual White admiral, Limenitis camilla, are twofold, firstly the is an extra white spot in cell in L. Reducta on the upperside, and the underside has just one row of black spots on the hindwing. The base colour is slightly redder too.

 

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Limenitis camilla

Honeysuckle Lonicera species

Light woodland

Southern white admiral distribution

 

Early Stages

 

     
 
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