White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
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|43249_male_Rhône_03Jun17||05_20-22_female?_Herts, UK_9Jul05||05_20-12_female?_Herts, UK_14Jul05|
A majestic glider, very attractive when fresh. Quite common in central and northern France and in several places I have seen several at one time.
|It does not seem to occur in the far south, where the Southern White Admiral (L. reducta) is common. The OPIE Atlas shows a complete absence of records in Var and only six records ever from the Alpes-Maritimes (but see the comment on 37599 below).|
|37538||M||a particularly dark male, almost completely black, save for the white markings.||430|
|37599||M||a rather more normal male, although I get to see camilla only infrequently because it is very sporadic in south-eastern France, although there were two sightings in the western Alpes-Maritimes in late June 2015, in areas where it appears that no prior records existed. It is slightly browner in tone and has vestigial rust-coloured marks in several places.||370|
|43249||M||a male, easy to photograph on the ground, but 43249 is a little pale and showing some signs of wear, so it does not show up the contrast to best effect.||180|
|41265||M||a very fresh camilla taking salts on the ground. I particularly like the ghosted blacker marks in the submarginal areas of the hindwing. This one was one of several puddling at this spot.||1120|
a female, I suspect, from the body shape and length, as the sexes are virtually identical.
the underside of 05_20-22.
|41251||M||a rare opportunity to get an underside shot, albeit at a tricky angle at the river's edge.||1120|