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White Admiral Caterpillar


A variation of the Red-spotted Purple, the White Admiral's larva does a great impression of bird droppings, making predators less likely to devour it.


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TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Limenitis
Species: arthemis
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Caterpillar Details



Other Names:
Red-spotted Admiral Butterfly Caterpillar; Western White Admiral Butterfly Caterpillar

The White Admiral Caterpillar becomes the White Admiral.

Length:
0.0 " to 1.6 " (1mm to 41mm)

Description:
black, brown, white, bird poop, droppings, two black spiky horns, small side dots, two bumps on back, gray bumpy face, gray head, brown head
While the adult butterfly has many regional subspecies and subsequent color differences, the larva of the White Admiral butterfly consistently looks like bird poop regardless of its geographic location. Two branching antlers grow from behind the head. The center of the body has a white patch while the rest of it is a mottled brown-black, gray or green. Segments near the head and rear end are raised, giving the body a bumpy profile.

Look for a single egg at the tip of a leaf. The spherical egg may be white or pale green, but it is covered with short, glass-like spines that grow up from between hexagonal indentations. Willow, oak, basswood, black cherry, and birch are just some of the deciduous trees that are host plants. Though the caterpillar is not considered attractive, especially to birds, the adult butterfly is a celebrated beauty.

White Admiral Caterpillar Diet



aspen; chokecherry; birch; black cherry; cottonwood; poplar; willow

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Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.
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The map above showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the White Admiral Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.*NOTE: States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the White Admiral Caterpillar. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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