Lorquin's Admiral is a common species here at Leaning Oaks. Males defend open patches and fight off intruders and aerial battles are a common sight in the summer months. It is a distinctive black butterfly with a bold white strip in the wings, broken into cells by black viens. The forewings are tipped in orange. Here the commonest food plant for the larvae is Oceanspray (133), but elsewhere, apples, willows, birches, cottonwood, hardhack and saskatoon are used.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.