Southern White Admiral

Limenitis reducta Staudinger, 1901

Status

Description

A medium sized black butterfly with prominent white spots and bands. The underside is whiter and browner than compared with the upperside. The markings are quite distinctive, and there is no other similar species in Corfu. 

Habitat Requirements

Most places where the host plant grows.

Larval Foodplants

Perfoliate Honeysuckle Lonicera caprifolium, Lonicera etrusca, Lonicera implexa, Lonicera japonica, Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum - doubtfully present. Anne Sordinas observed oviposition on Lonicera japonica in Corfu.

Observations

A strong flying, territorial butterfly. Given that its host plant, Honeysuckle, can turn up anywhere in Corfu, this is also true of the butterfly. The stunning appearance of the Southern White Admiral makes it a popular subject for photography.

Anne Sordinas has recently made observations that suggest in very hot summers the larva aestivates in its self constructed hibernaculum, made from silk and the dead leaves of its host plant.

*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Southern White Admiral submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.

First and Last Sightings

Year First Last/latest # Days
2022 21/04/2022 30/10/2022 192 days
2021 02/05/2021 10/10/2021 161 days
2019 16/08/2019 16/08/2019 0 days
2014 03/06/2014 03/06/2014 0 days

Number of Observations

Year Number of observations
2023 0
2022 292
2021 167
Grand Total 461

Distribution Map

Distribution maps for this species are currently unavailable.

Flight Times for the Southern White Admiral (2023)

The chart below shows flight data by month for 2023 submitted online since 1st January 2023 to 31st January 2023.

Flight Times for the Southern White Admiral (All Data)

The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 31st January 2023.

Taxonomy

  • Vernacular/Common Name: Southern White Admiral
  • Family: Nymphalidae (Rafinesque, 1815)
  • Sub-family: Limenitidinae (Behr, 1864)
  • Tribe: Limenitidini (Behr, 1864)
  • Genus: Limenitis (Fabricius, 1807)
  • Species: reducta Staudinger, 1901

References

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