White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

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37538_male_Côte-d'Or_11Jun15 37599_male_Côte-d'Or_12Jun15 41265_male_Isère_11Jul16
05_20-22_female?_Herts, UK_9Jul05 05_20-12_female?_Herts, UK_14Jul05 41251_male_Isère_11Jul16

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).
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observations

alt. m
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 sighting 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
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
05_20-22 F

a female, I suspect, from the body shape and length, as the sexes are virtually identical.

 
05_20-12 F

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

 

37538_male_Côte-d'Or_11Jun15

 

37599_male_Côte-d'Or_12Jun15

 

41265_male_Isère_11Jul16

 

05_20-22_female?_Herts, UK_9Jul05

 

05_20-12_female?_Herts, UK_14Jul05

 

41251_male_Isère_11Jul16