White Admiral Butterfly

White Admiral Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Toronto, Canada, International. Jeff blogs about the art and science of butterflies at http://www.wingedbeauty.com

Toronto! The city was so much fun to see. My camera was along for the trip, so our good friend supplied directions to a park in the middle of the city. Early the next morning we prepared for who knows what?

Jackpot! West Don Park on July 17th. Let’s set the scene. Milkweed and thistle were in bloom and reaching peak. Butterflies, where? Everywhere!

Limenitis arthemis arthemis and Red admirals are very, very closely related.

Our instant butterfly here may well be a female. Females visit flowers much more frequently than males do.

After enjoying so many Mourning cloaks, Monarchs, Tiger Swallowtails, Sphinx moths and countless skippers, the appearance of this White Admiral was dramatic. It was as if a member of the royal crown family suddenly entered the hall.

As the field guides note, when Limenitis arthemis arthemis powerfully flies in, there is no doubt as to which species it is.

Jeffrey