Limenitis camilla (White Admiral, Kleiner Eisvogel, Le Petit Sylvain)
Photos for easy identification
These are nice photos of Limenitis camilla (White Admiral, Kleiner Eisvogel, Le Petit Sylvain). Limenitis camilla is a member of the
The forewings are dark brown or black. At the margin there is a chain of little black spots. There is a chain of white spots, which is crossing the wing.
The underside is orange and brown. The chain of white spots and the chain of black spots from upside are also there.
The hind wings are dark brown or black. The margin is ridged. At the margin there are two chains of little black spots. There is a broad white band on the wing.
The underside is orange and brown. At the margin there are two chains of black spots. The broad white band from upside is also there. Around the body there is a white and bluish area.
The body is white and bluish, but from upside it is black.
Sex differences: The female is dark brown and the white band is broader than the white band from male. The male is black.
The White Admiral (Limenitis camilla) is a common butterfly of the Palaearctic ecozone (Europe and Asia). The distribution extend from the middle of Europe to Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Japan. You can see the White Admiral until 1500 m sea level.
The flight period of the White Admiral is from June to August.
Honeysuckle, Common Snowberry
The first description of this butterfly was in 1764 by Linnaeus. There is only one subspecies.
- Limenitis camilla japonica [Ménétriés, 1857]
The caterpillar is green and has thorny warts. The pupa has no silken girdl. This species overwinters as caterpillar.
The distribution of White Admiral overlap with the distributions of the Poplar Admiral (Limenitis populi) and the Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta).
The following differentiators are very useful to differ these similar species.
- The Poplar Admiral is bigger than the White Admiral, has one separate white spot at the wing leading edge and a chain of orange spots at the margin.
- The Southern White Admiral has a blue iridescence on upside and only one chain of little black spots on the underside of hind wings.
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
- Red List of endangered species of Austria:
-endangered- (category 3)- (see: www.roteliste.at/)
- Regulation of the Viennese regional government:
-protected as imago- (see: www.wien.gv.at/recht/landesrecht-wien/rechtsvorschriften/html/l4800200.htm)
Similar and closely-related species
Neptis rivularis [Scopoli, 1763] (Hungarian Glider, Trauerfalter)
Limenitis camilla Linnaeus 1764
Le Petit Sylvain
Ninfa de bosque
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: NYMPHALIDAE
- Subfamilie: LIMENITIDINAE
- Tribe: LIMENITIDINI
- Genus: LIMENITIS
- Specific name: CAMILLA