Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

  • Butterfly: White Admiral or Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)
  • Description: Black with iridescent blue edges. Mimic of poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail
  • Locations: open woodland, forest edges
  • Host Plants: Birch Tree (black birch, sweet birch, cherry birch, mahogany birch, spice birch)

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Photo Gallery

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly
Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Caterpillar
Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Caterpillar

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Host Plant: Birch Tree
Birch Tree

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Host Plant: Willow Tree
Willow Tree

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Host Plant: Aspen Tree
Aspen Tree

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Host Plant: Choke Cherry Tree
Choke Cherry Tree

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Host Plant: Salicaceae
Salicaceae

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly Host Plant: Rosaceac
Rosaceae

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly

Weidemeyer's Admiral Butterfly

  • Butterfly: Weidemeyer’s Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii)
  • Description: Dorsal wings: black and white. Rows of white spots. Ventral: brown with grey markings along sides of hind wing.
  • Nectar Sources: Willow Tree, Aspen Tree (quaking aspen, trembling aspen, quakies), Poplar Tree, Choke Cherry Tree

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly Photo Gallery

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly
Weidemeyer's Admiral Butterfly

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly Nectar Source: Willow Tree
Willow Tree

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly Nectar Source: Aspen Tree
Aspen Tree

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly Nectar Source: Poplar Tree
Poplar Tree

Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly Nectar Source: Choke Cherry Tree
Choke Cherry Tree

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

  • Butterfly: Western tiger swallowtail (Papilio rutulus)
  • Description: Yellow with black stripes. Blue and orange spots near the tail. Tails on hind wings.
  • Locations: urban parks, gardens, rural woodlands
  • Wingspan: 7-10 centimeters
  • Host Plants: Cottonwood Tree, Willow Tree, Aspen Tree (quaking aspen, trembling aspen, quakies)

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Photo Gallery

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant: Cottonwood Tree
Cottonwood Tree

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant: Willow Tree
Willow Tree

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Host Plant: Aspen Tree
Aspen Tree

Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly

  • Butterfly: Viceroy Butterfly (Limenitis archippus)
  • Description: Orange and black wings. Mimic of Monarch.
  • Locations: wooded areas, city parts, free spaces
  • Wingspan: 53-81 mm
  • Flight: Diurnal – late morning, early afternoon
  • Nectar Sources: Plum Tree, Cherry Tree
  • Host Plants: Willow Tree, Poplar Tree, Cottonwood Tree

Viceroy Butterfly Photo Gallery

Viceroy Butterfly
Viceroy Butterfly

Viceroy Butterfly Nectar Source : Plum Tree
Plum Tree

Viceroy Butterfly Nectar Source : Cherry Tree
Cherry Tree

Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillar
Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillar

Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillar Host Plant : Willow Tree
Willow Tree

Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillar Host Plant : Poplar Tree
Poplar Tree

Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillar Host Plant : Cottonwood Tree
Cottonwood Tree

Viceroy Butterfly Pupa
Viceroy Butterfly Pupa

Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly

Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly
The Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini) is a butterfly from the Nymphalinae subfamily. The butterfly is named after Pierre Joseph Michel Lorquin, a French naturalist that came to California from France during the Gold Rush and made important discoveries on the natural history of the terrain. Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly Physical description
The Lorquin’s Admiral has brown-black wings, each with a row of white spots across the wings and orange colored tips. Wingspan: 47 to 71 mm though females are generally larger than males. Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly Habitat
The Lorquin’s Admiral can mostly be found across Upper Sonoran to the Canadian Zone, east to western Montana and Idaho. Known areas include southern British Columbia (including Vancouver Island, north of Emerald Lake), Cypress Hills in southwestern Saskatchewan as well as southwestern Alberta.The butterfly resides mostly in forest edges, mountain canyons, parks, streamsides, fencerows, orchards, and groves of cottonwood and poplar. Usually the butterflies feed on California buckeye, yerba santa, privet, bird droppings, and dung. It is extremely territorial and will attack any intruders to its habitat, including large birds. Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly Larva
The Lorquin’s Admiral larva are usually yellow along with a patch of white on its back. They are laid near or on the tips of leaves. Common trees that the larva feed on include willow (Salix), poplar, wild cherry (Prunus), cottonwood (Populus), and an assortment of orchard trees including that of cherry, apple, and plum. Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly Flight season
The Lorquin’s Admiral usually flies around April to October, though it depends on the region. Butterflies found in northern areas tend to fly once (usually between June and August) whereas southern butterflies (mainly in California) tend to fly multiple times. Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly Similar species
* White Admiral (L. arthemis’)
* Weidemeyer’s Admiral (L. weidemeyerii)
* California Sister Butterfly (Adelpha bredowii californica)

Source: Wikipedia

     Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly Food:
Buckeye Tree (California Buckeye)
Buckeye Tree
Yerba Santa
Yerba Santa
Privet, Bird Droppings, Dung

Lorquin’s Admiral Butterfly
: Buckeye Tree (California Buckeye), Yerba Santa, Privet, Bird Droppings, Dung.
Host Plants: Willow Tree, Poplar Tree, Apple Tree, Plum Tree, Cherry Tree, Cottonwood Tree, Willow Tree.
     Region 1: Oregon, Washington, Southern British Columbia.

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Mourning Cloak Butterfly
aka Camberwell Beauty Butterfly

Nymphalis antiopa, known as the Mourning Cloak in North America and the Camberwell Beauty in Britain, is a large butterfly native to Eurasia and North America. See also Anglewing butterflies. The immature form of this species is sometimes known as the spiny elm caterpillar. Other older names for this species include Grand Surprise and White Petticoat. A powerful flier, this species is sometimes found in areas far from its usual range during migration. It is also the State Insect of Montana. Mourning Cloak Butterfly Appearance and Behaviour
Nymphalis antiopa has a wingspan of 6275 mm. The upper side of the butterfly is colored in a very dark red, with a bright, yellowish border around the wings. There is a darker band with bright blue spots between the border and the dark red inner side. Sexes are similar, although the females are slightly larger.

These butterflies lay eggs in clusters around twigs of their favored food plants, in Europe, generally Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) and in North America, generally Black Willow (Salix nigra) but also other willow species, as well as poplar, elm, birch, and hackberry. The larvae feed gregariously, and are black and spiny, with fine white speckles, and a row of red spots running down the back. They disperse to pupate and emerge after about three weeks. Soon after emergence, they will disperse further from their breeding grounds in order to find food (sometimes nectar, but more commonly tree sap) to build up fat stores for hibernation, and will often enter parks and gardens to do so. They are single-brooded and hibernate as adults.

Throughout its range, this species is generally considered a butterfly of woodlands, though it may occasionally be found in drier areas such as the deserts of western North America. During migration, they may be found in almost any habitat. The Mourning Cloak was adopted as the state butterfly of the State of Montana in 2001. Mourning Cloak Butterfly Distribution
In North America, N. antiopa ranges from the northern tundra to central Mexico. It is also found throughout continental Europe to eastern Siberia and Japan. Migrants arrive in Great Britain most years during summer and autumn, but numbers are usually very low. There is no evidence that the species breeds in Britain; it is thought that mild, wet winters prevent them from surviving there for very long. The ‘Butterfly Farmer’ L. Hugh Newman raised thousands for release at his ‘farm’ in Bexley, but none were seen the following spring. Specimens stored in his refrigerator for the winter survived however.

This was introduced in any number of areas across the world – probably from central Europe from areas lost to mining. There was some strong connection with oak trees. The resurrection of mourning cloaks in the spring had a strong meaning to many different groups. By the way, none of the oaks may be native to North America. They may have been introduced by many many different groups of Europeans, the rarest from areas lost to mining. Mourning Cloak Butterfly Etymology
Mourning Cloak Butterfly The American name “Mourning Cloak”
The Swedish name is sorgmantel which literally translates to “Mourning Cloak”, suggesting it is a name which came with Scandinavian rather than British settlers, for whom this species would be rather less familiar. Mourning Cloak Butterfly The British name “Camberwell Beauty”
The name originated from the discovery of two individuals at Coldharbour Lane in Camberwell in August 1748. Camberwell is in South London, about three miles south of London Bridgein reporting this, the author Harris named the species Grand Surprise or Camberwell Beauty. It has been suggested that the “pair” were stowaways on ships bringing timber from Scandinavia. Mourning Cloak Butterfly In popular culture
The poem Unconscious came a beauty by May Swenson mentions the Mourning cloak (or the similar looking Red-spotted purple) a butterfly that makes her pause and think, while writing. The poem is also a word-picture or iconograph the lines are laid out to look like a butterfly. In the Doomspell Trilogy by Cliff McNish, Camberwell Beauties are the main icon of the baby Yemi. They act as his protectors and guides and Yemi’s magic enlarges them to the size of cats.

Source: Wikipedia

     Mourning Cloak Butterfly Nectar Sources and Caterpillar Host Plants:
Willow Tree
Willow Tree
Elm Tree
Elm Tree
Poplar Tree
Poplar Tree
Birch Tree
Birch Tree
Hackleberry Tree
Hackleberry Tree
Mourning Cloak Butterfly Caterpillar
Mourning Cloak Butterfly Caterpillar

Mourning Cloak Butterfly (Camberwell Beauty Butterfly)
: Host Plants: Willow Tree, Elm Tree, Poplar Tree, Birch Tree, Hackleberry Tree.