Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Limenitis weidemeyerii W.H. Edwards
, 1861. Type locality: Rocky Mountains [neotype designated by S. Perkins and E. Perkins, 1967, in F.M. Brown: Lakewood, Jefferson County, Colorado]
Basilarchia weidemeyerii (W.H. Edwards) Grote, 1873
Limenitis (Basilarchia) weidemeyerii (W.H. Edwards) ? date and author
Limenitis weidemeyerii lorquini (W.H. Edward) ? Porter, 1990
Explanation of Names
Named after John William Weidemeyer
, whose collection was the source for the original specimen.
Butterflies of America
lists 6 subspecies in our area:
Limenitis weidemeyerii weidemeyerii W. H. Edwards, 1861
Limenitis weidemeyerii oberfoelli F. Brown, 1960
Limenitis weidemeyerii latifascia
S. Perkins & E. Perkins, 1967(1)
Limenitis weidemeyerii nevadae (W. Barnes & Benjamin, 1924)
Limenitis weidemeyerii angustifascia (W. Barnes & McDunnough, 1912)
Limenitis weidemeyerii siennafascia
Austin & Mullins, 1984(2)
Above, black with a wide white postmedian band on both forewings and hindwings. Below, forewing is black with white band and white spots inside band. Hindwing is blue-grey with black cross lines inside the white band and a variable row of reddish spots inside a row of blue-grey crescents outside the white band.
Larva is hump-backed, mottled grey and white.
The Rocky Mountains and adjacent lowlands.
Found around wet places where its host plants grow.
Larvae feed on Poplar (Populus spp.), Willow (Salix spp.) and perhaps other woody plants.
is similar on the upperside, except for blue markings along the edge, but below has a much darker hindwing with extensive red markings. It is generally found in the northeast.
has brown wing tips, above and is much more brown on the underside. Its range encompasses the west coast.