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Subspecies Limenitis arthemis arthemis - White Admiral

White Admiral(?) in woods - Limenitis arthemis White Admiral- Limenitis arthemis - Limenitis arthemis White Admiral caterpillar - Limenitis arthemis B & W - Limenitis arthemis medium large butterfly on a cone flower - Limenitis arthemis Limenitis arthemis White Admiral - Limenitis arthemis Butterfly - Limenitis arthemis
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Tribe Limenitidini (Admirals, Sisters and Sailors)
Genus Limenitis (Admirals & Viceroy)
Species arthemis (White Admiral/Western White Admiral/Red-Spotted Purple - Hodges#4522)
Subspecies arthemis (White Admiral)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Basilarchia arthemis arthemis
Differs from ssp. astyanax primarily in the presence of the white band across the wings. From more northern populations it differs in having more blue/purple above, in usually not showing red spots on the upper hind wings, and in having the red below mostly limited to bold rounded submarginal spots.
Roughly from eastern North Dakota to Connecticut and north and south from this up to a few hundred miles. Southward it blends into ssp. astyanax and northward into ssp. rubrofasciata and similar insects of eastern Canada and New England.