Nymphalis canace (Blue Admiral, Blauer Admiral)

Nymphalis canace, also called Blue Admiral is a butterfly from Australasia / Indomalaya ecozone (Australia). The first description was in 1763 by Linnaeus. The wingspan is about 6.0 – 7.0 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. Nymphalis canace is black. It has a blue band at the outer edge. The underside is black and brown.



Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

Here you can see some photos of Nymphalis canace (Blue Admiral, Blauer Admiral). Nymphalis canace is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia).


Description

The fore wings are black. The outer edge is wavy. In the wing tip there is a little white spot.  At the wing leading edge there is a blue or white spot. At the outer edge there is a blue band.
The underside of Nymphalis canace is black and brown.

The hind wings of Nymphalis canace are black. The outer edge is strongly wavy. The wing is dominated by a broad, blue band. This band contains a chain of tiny black spots. At the outer edge there is a thin blue line.
The underside is black and brown.

The body is black. 

Sex differences: None.


Macro photos

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; macro photograph of Nymphalis canace (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; macro photograph of Nymphalis canace (upside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; macro photograph of Nymphalis canace (underside)
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer; macro photograph of Nymphalis canace (underside)

Here you can see some macro photos of Nymphalis canace.


Distribution

Nymphalis canace is a butterfly from the Australasia / Indomalaya (Australia). The distribution extends from Malaysia to India and China. But you can also meet this butterfly in the Palaearctic (Asia) (Russia and Japan).


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Dioscoreaceae:

Smilacaceae:

Convallariaceae:

General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1763 by Linnaeus. There are some subspecies.

Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Nymphalis antiopa (Camberwell Beauty, Trauermantel, Le Morio) PALAEARCTIC (Europe)  


Scientific name

Nymphalis canace Linnaeus 1763

In former times also:

Other names

Blue Admiral
Blauer Admiral


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

AUSTRALASIA / INDOMALAYA (Australia)

 

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