White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
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2022 photographs highlighted in blue. Click on any photograph to go to an enlarged picture, or simply scroll down the page.
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 (except for a few isolated records) in the far south-east region of PACA, 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, although there were two sightings in the western Alpes-Maritimes in late June 2015, in areas where it appears that no prior records existed.|
|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. 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|
|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|
|45402||M||another male on the ground taking salts. It is surprising how little variation there is between males even at the same location. Contrast this with the variation between the three Purple Emperors (Apatura iris) seen in 2018 at this same site.||1120|
|45408||M||a male, at last a photograph of a male that is not on the ground. 45414 is the underside.||1120|
a female, I suspect, from the body shape and length, as the sexes are virtually identical.
|45414||M||a rare (for me) opportunity to get an underside shot, and a very fresh specimen it is, too. 45408 is the upperside.||1120|
the underside of 05_20-22.