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White Admiral - Limenitis arthemis
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White Admiral - Pockwock Road, NS - 2009-07-05
Photo © Phil Schappert
Status in Nova Scotia
Common.

Flight Period
Mid-June to early October. Partial 2nd brood in fall.

Habitat
Clearings, roads.

Larval Foodplants
Willow, Poplar, Aspen, Birch and other trees.

Similar Species in Nova Scotia
None.

Notes
Prefers animal dung and rotting fruit as food; seldom feeds on flowers. The name "White Admiral" refers to the white-banded form of L. arthemis, which is the form we see in Nova Scotia. This form is also called "Banded Purple" in some older references. The other form (unbanded) is called the Red-spotted Purple, and does not occur here. They were once thought to be separate species.

White Admiral - Drysdale Bog, NS, 2011-07-17
White Admiral - Drysdale Bog, NS - 2011-07-17
2011-07-17
Photo © Phil Schappert
White Admiral - Advocate, NS, 2012-07-01
White Admiral - Advocate, NS - 2012-07-01
2012-07-01
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer
White Admiral - Apple River, NS, 2012-07-17
White Admiral - Apple River, NS - 2012-07-17
2012-07-17
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer
White Admiral - Apple River, NS, 2013-07-13
White Admiral - Apple River, NS - 2013-07-13
2013-07-13
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer
White Admiral - Apple River, NS, 2013-07-13
White Admiral - Apple River, NS - 2013-07-13
2013-07-13
Photo © Kathleen F. Spicer
White Admiral - Hammonds Plains, NS, 2010-07-04
White Admiral - Hammonds Plains, NS - 2010-07-04
2010-07-04
Photo © Donna Evers