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Species Limenitis lorquini - Lorquin's Admiral - Hodges#4525

Lorquin's admiral - Limenitis lorquini Caterpillar Bird-dropping Mimic - Limenitis lorquini small caterpillar on Pacific Crabapple - Limenitis lorquini Butterfly - Limenitis lorquini Caterpillar - Limenitis lorquini Lorquin's Admiral - Limenitis lorquini Lorquin's Admiral? - Limenitis lorquini Nymphalidae: Limenitis lorquini - Limenitis lorquini
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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 lorquini (Lorquin's Admiral - Hodges#4525)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Limenitis lorquini Boisduval, 1852. Type locality: El Dorado County, California
Adelpha lorquini (Boisduval), Kirby, 1871
Basilarchia lorquini (Boisduval) Scudder, ? date
Limenitis (Basilarchia) lorquini (Boisduval) ? date and author
Wingspan 57-70 mm
Bold wing pattern is distinctive on this butterfly of western North America. California Sister is very similar from above (at least the California ones are), but doesn't have the extra row of white dots on the front wing-tips that this species has, and does have areas of blue on the underside that this species doesn't:

Also, the California Sister is found mostly around oak woodlands, especially near its favored host plant, Gold-cup Oak (Quercus chrysolepis)
British Columbia south to Baja California, also inland to Idaho, Nevada
River bottomlands, lakeshores, forest edges
April-September (two flights) in California. June-September (one flight) in Pacific Northwest
Adults take nectar
Life Cycle
Larvae feed on willows, poplars, chokecherry.
Print References
Pyle, pp. 639-640, fig. 651 (1)
Brock and Kaufman (2)
Scott (3)
Works Cited
1.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Butterflies
Robert Michael Pyle. 1981. Knopf.
2.Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Co.
3.The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide
James A. Scott. 1992. Stanford University Press.