Species Details

Limenitis lorquini

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Common NameLorquin's Admiral SeasonalityAdults fly from June to September; peaking in July (Bird et al., 1995). IdentificationAlthough this is a large butterfly, it is slightly smaller than other admirals, with a wingspan of 51 to 67 mm. Dorsal wing surface is black with white median bands on all wings; the distinctive forewing tips are orange. Ventral wing surface is reddish-brown with white marginal bands. It is easily distinguished from Weidemeyer's Admiral (L. weidemeyerii) and the White Admiral (L. arthemis) as they lack the orange forewing tips. However, this species hybridizes with White Admirals (L. arthemis) in southern Alberta. Hybrids have the orange wing tips as well as a wider white band on the fore and hindwings. The pale green eggs of L. lorquini are thimble-shaped and have deep pitted cells. There are fine glassy hairs where cells meet (Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Early instar larvae have large dark brown heads and olive green bodies with a pair of tubercles on the thorax and two pairs of tubercles on the abdomen. Late instar larvae resemble leaf droppings, mottled with olive and yellow and have a white patch on their back. The hump on the larvae of this species is smaller than those found on larvae of other admiral species (Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Pupae are large and have a keel projecting from the back of the thorax. The wings and the back of the abdomen are dark green-grey, the thorax is mottled (Guppy & Shepard, 2001).

Scientific Name Limenitis lorquini Common Name Lorquin's Admiral Seasonality Adults fly from June to September; peaking in July (Bird et al., 1995). Identification
Although this is a large butterfly, it is slightly smaller than other admirals, with a wingspan of 51 to 67 mm. Dorsal wing surface is black with white median bands on all wings; the distinctive forewing tips are…
Although this is a large butterfly, it is slightly smaller than other admirals, with a wingspan of 51 to 67 mm. Dorsal wing surface is black with white median bands on all wings; the distinctive forewing tips are orange. Ventral wing surface is reddish-brown with white marginal bands. It is easily distinguished from Weidemeyer's Admiral (L. weidemeyerii) and the White Admiral (L. arthemis) as they lack the orange forewing tips. However, this species hybridizes with White Admirals (L. arthemis) in southern Alberta. Hybrids have the orange wing tips as well as a wider white band on the fore and hindwings. The pale green eggs of L. lorquini are thimble-shaped and have deep pitted cells. There are fine glassy hairs where cells meet (Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Early instar larvae have large dark brown heads and olive green bodies with a pair of tubercles on the thorax and two pairs of tubercles on the abdomen. Late instar larvae resemble leaf droppings, mottled with olive and yellow and have a white patch on their back. The hump on the larvae of this species is smaller than those found on larvae of other admiral species (Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Pupae are large and have a keel projecting from the back of the thorax. The wings and the back of the abdomen are dark green-grey, the thorax is mottled (Guppy & Shepard, 2001).
Life History
Males perch in valley bottoms all day to watch for females and defend territories (Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Eggs are laid on the upperside of host plant leaf tips (Bird et al., 1995). Larvae feed on leaves and…
Males perch in valley bottoms all day to watch for females and defend territories (Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Eggs are laid on the upperside of host plant leaf tips (Bird et al., 1995). Larvae feed on leaves and developing larvae overwinter in rolled leaf shelters or hibernaculum (Acorn, 1993; Bird et al., 1995).
Conservation Rare; S1/S2 provincial rank and status in Alberta is "Sensitive". Diet Info
Unknown for Alberta. Elsewhere, larvae feed on willows (Salix sp.), aspen (Populus sp.), apple, saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia), Cotoneaster sp., hardhack (Spiraea sp.), hawthorn (Crateagus sp.), and cherry (Prunus…
Unknown for Alberta. Elsewhere, larvae feed on willows (Salix sp.), aspen (Populus sp.), apple, saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia), Cotoneaster sp., hardhack (Spiraea sp.), hawthorn (Crateagus sp.), and cherry (Prunus sp.)(Bird et al., 1995; Layberry et al., 1998; Guppy & Shepard, 2001). Adults have been reported to feed on flower nectar, willow sap, bird droppings, and dung (Opler et al., 1995).
Range
Its core Canadian range lies in coastal and southern British Columbia and there is one outlying population in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan (Layberry et al., 1998). Its range extends south from Canada to southern…
Its core Canadian range lies in coastal and southern British Columbia and there is one outlying population in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan (Layberry et al., 1998). Its range extends south from Canada to southern California and Baja California and east to western Montana and Idaho (Opler et al., 1995).
Limenitis lorquini
Limenitis lorquini

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"Limenitis lorquini, University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/2-2085. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Lepidoptera Suborder Ditrysia Superfamily Papilionoidea Family Nymphalidae Subfamily Limenitidinae Genus Limenitis Species Limenitis lorquini
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for University of Alberta E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum