|A little tattered, but still beautiful.
Description 2-1/2" - 2-3/4" Smallest of the Admirals. Brown-black wings, each
with a row of white spots across the wings and orange colored tips. Females are
generally larger than males.
Life Cycle Egg globelike, pale green; deposited near leaf tip. Young caterpillar
dark with white saddle. Mature caterpillar mottled olive and yellow-brown with light
side band and white back patch; plumelike bristles behind head are smaller than
those on other admiral caterpillars, as are humped segments behind them.
Chrysalis irregular, lilac-brown in front and whitish behind; has greenish wing
cases and dark, raised disk extending above back. Host plants include willows,
poplars, and chokecherry.
Flight 2 broods in California; April - September. 1 brood Northwest; June -
Habitat The butterfly resides mostly in forest edges, mountain canyons, parks,
streamsides, fencerows, orchards, and groves of cottonwood and poplar.
Range Upper Sonoran to the Canadian Zone, east to western Montana and
Idaho. Known areas include southern British Columbia.
Discussion These showy admirals were named for Peirre Lorquin an early
French butterfly collector in California. These admirals inspect or attack almost
anything that passes by, and have been seen to lunge at gulls 20' overhead, harass
the birds until they fly away, then resume their station.