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Posted by WiseAcre on May 30th, 2010

White Admiral Butterfly

May 30

A couple of butterflies today. I managed to identify one and the other I had to make into a desktop background. (It was time for a change)

White Admiral Butterfly – Limenitis arthemis arthemis

White Admiral Butterfly

No, arthemis arthemis isn’t a typo. It’s polytypic and one of the four subspecies of the butterfly.

Since I only got one good pic of the Admiral I needed to fluff up the post with another butterfly.

Butterfly Wallpaper

Unknown Butterfly
At this point anybody’s guess is better than mine. I’m guessing it’s in the Family Pieridae and a Sulphur of some sort.

Butterfly - sulphur
click image for 1024 x 768 version for a better look see.

I liked the way the body and the dandelion fuzzys blended together.

5 Responses

  1. rainfield Says:

    The unknown butterfly camouflages itself very well with the surrounding.

  2. Randy Says:

    Your butterfly is a Common Ringlet a member of the family of satyrs. Never seen the White Admiral and i have seen most of the eastern US butterflies!

  3. Ratty Says:

    I wish there were more butterflies around here. They are so hard to catch pictures. If only they would stay still for just a few seconds.

  4. Floridagirl Says:

    Beautiful white admiral! I’ve never seen that one in my garden, though we do get visited by the red admiral often. That second photo looks like the seed heads and butterfly are morphed into one bizarre creature. It took a moment for me to notice the butterfly. Great photos!

  5. Susan Mann Says:

    Hiya… just found your photo from a google search for “White Admiral Butterfly”. Thank you so much for posting it. I snapped one over the weekend in Vermont, and was fortunate to get the underwings too. The closest I came in identifying it (using color because I’d no idea what it was), was a Red Spotted Purple… but I wasn’t convinced. I put a call out on my own blog this morning, and someone ID-ed it for me. Here’s the link to the pics, if you’d like to see the underparts:


    I’m still learning about American wildlife, having first arrived from England 12 years ago. When I saw the underside of this butterfly, I said to my husband how it looked like one of our British Red Admirals. Who’d have thought!

    Thanks once again for your post. It’s helped me loads.