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White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
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White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

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The White Admiral is a woodland butterfly, it has white-banded black wings and a distinctive delicate flight: alternating flapping with gliding. It is a fairly shade-tolerant butterfly, flying in dappled sunlight.

Adults feed on bramble blossom and honeydew. Eggs are layed singly on honeysuckle.
The Caterpillars are green with red-brown hairs. They create camouflaged with a mixture of their own droppings and silk.
In Autumn they make an hibernaculum (a tent of leaf tissue secured with silk). After hibernation they moult, and breifly have spiny green skin, before forming a green and gold chrysalis.

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