Southern White Admiral

Limenitis reducta Staudinger, 1901

Status

Corfu Status: Present EU Red Data Status 2010: Least Concern

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.

Flight Times

Key to Seasons
Spring (Mar, Apr, May) Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug)
Autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)

First and Last Sightings

The information provided here is based on verified sightings submitted via this website since January 1st 2021. Data prior to 2021 is from external sources.

Year First Last/latest
2021 02/05/2021 10/10/2021
2019* 20/04/2019 15/09/2019

Years marked * based on external data.

Number of Observations

Number of sighting in 2021 Total number of sightings
166 167

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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