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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.

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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.

Brandon Wood
Hampton Wood and Meadow (WWT Reserve)
Hartshill Hayes, Nuneaton
New Close Wood
Oakley Wood
Old Nun Wood (WWT Reserve)
Oversley Wood
Rough Hill Wood (WWT Reserve)
Ryton Wood (WWT Reserve)
Snitterfield Bushes (WWT Reserve)
Wappenbury Wood (WWT Reserve)
Wolford Wood

Find out more about the White Admiral online at the following links;

Flight Chart
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.

White Admiral Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

White Admiral - 2011 records / distribution. White Admiral - 2010 records / distribution. White Admiral - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

White AdmiralWhite Admiral © Steven Cheshire - Fermyn Wood, Northamptonshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of White Admiral submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

15/06/2018 Wappenbury Wood

15/06/2017 Ryton Wood

25/06/2016 Oversley Wood

27/06/2015 Oversley Wood

15/06/2014 Ryton Wood

05/07/2013 Ryton Wood

07/07/2012 Ryton Wood

16/06/2011 Weethley Wood

22/06/2010 Oversley Wood

24/06/2009 Oversley Wood

26/06/2008 Ryton Wood

06/06/2007 Hay Wood

Other Species

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