Butterflies - White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
The White Admiral is a stunning woodland butterfly. From a distance, the wings are black/dark brown with a band of white but on closer inspection, subtle patterns and colouration occur in the dark areas of the wing. The undersides are more colourful, sky blue near the body, with a dark red/brown and white band corresponding to the upper wing pattern.
The White Admiral has a distinctive and delicate flight pattern consisting of short periods of wing beats, followed by long glides often very near the ground.
Adults are often found feeding on Bramble flowers in woodland rides and clearings but may also be encountered on the ground feeding on moist, nutrient rich soils. They are sometimes seen feeding on bird droppings. It prefers shady areas, flying in dappled sunlight. The females lay their eggs on Honeysuckle.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum)
The White Admiral prefers shady woodland and woodland rides in mature woodland. Sunny glades with patches of Bramble and other flowers providing nectar are also required.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Hampton Wood and Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Hartshill Hayes, Nuneaton
New Close Wood
Old Nun Wood (WWT Reserve)
Rough Hill Wood (WWT Reserve)
Ryton Wood (WWT Reserve)
Snitterfield Bushes (WWT Reserve)
Wappenbury Wood (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the White Admiral is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult White Admiral butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.