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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

My World Tuesday - Weidemeyer's Admiral Butterfly at Grand Canyon National Park


Perched on Gambel Oak
I was walking to the Grand Canyon NP visitor center and noticed this little beauty. Weidemeyer’s Admiral Butterfly, Limenitis weidemeyerii,has a wingspan of 2 1/4 - 3 3/4 inches (5.7 - 9.5 cm). It’s found in deciduous forests, streamsides (which we don’t have), aspen groves, small towns, and suburbs. They range from Southern Alberta south to Nebraska and east-central California, southeastern Arizona and southern New Mexico. Males perch on trees and shrubs to watch for receptive females, rarely patrolling. Females lay eggs singly on the tips of host plant leaves; caterpillars eat leaves. Adults feed on tree sap, carrion, flower nectar.

Sorry it’s fuzzy & that I didn’t get the other side of the wings.
The several species of American admirals neatly divide up the continent. Only the Viceroy occupies nearly the whole. The White Admiral is basically northeastern, the Red-spotted Purple southeastern, and each extends westerly to the north and south respectively. Lorquin's Admiral occupies the West Coast, and Weidemeyer's Admiral the Rocky Mountains and their adjacent lowlands. Where the species do meet, a measure of hybridism often takes place. Throughout most of the Rockies, Weidemeyer's is the only banded admiral encountered. Territorial battles often take place between Weidemeyer's Admirals and other waterside denizens, such as Mourning Cloaks, Tiger Swallowtails, small skippers, and crescent spots, as well as dragonflies.

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27 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WOW what great info on this wonderful butterfly Gaelyn. It sure is a beauty!!

Erin said...

beautiful butterfly...love the colors :)
have a wonderful day.

Jazz said...

What a great picture.

Janie said...

Beautiful photos of the butterfly. Thanks for the info, too. I'll have to keep a lookout for these around here.

Louise said...

What a beautiful butterfly, and how wonderful that first photo is. Most butterflies elude me. I for 6 years have been trying to capture on a camera a Western Tiger Swallowtail, but I have yet to see one land on ANYTHING. The Admiral you have is so regal with its whiteness.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and wonderful !! Butterfly is so nice..Great..Unseen Rajasthan

Diane C. said...

It looks stunning on the oak leaves! I haven't noticed Weidemeyer's Admiral around here, but I'll keep my eyes open, especially by the stream.

ewok1993 said...

what a beautiful butterfly.

EcoRover said...

It's so easy to forget that many butterflies will feed on carrion! Blake (or maybe Eliot) should have written a poem about it--beauty from rotting flesh born, or something like 'at.

Sylvia K said...

Great information, Gaelyn! And that first shot of the butterfly is absolutely stunning!

Sally in WA said...

Very interesting. You are just so knowledgeable about things like this. I am enjoying the "lessons". :-)

Carol said...

Very nice shot. I'll bet it's impressive in flight.

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SandyCarlson said...

Well, how about that winged beauty? Wow.

Carver said...

Great shots of the butterfly and a very informative post.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures and natural history lesson. I may have seen such beautiful butterflies and not known what they are.

Island Rambles Blog said...

That was a lovely series of nature photos of the butterfly..we have very few around this year...My World is always an adventure to see all the different places.

Guy D said...

Very cool Gaelyn, thats a gorgeous butterfly.

Have a great week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Wolynski said...

Wow, you really know your butterflies. The first photo is just wonderful. I had no idea they have all this greenery around the Grand Canyon.

Arija said...

A wonderful butterfly, and you got some great shots of it.

Ruth said...

That is a very elegant looking butterfly. Thanks for the information. I need to study butterflies more this summer.

fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Thanks for sharing this neatly colored butterfly.

Snap said...

How beautiful! I can never get the butterflies to be still long enough to get a good shot. This is just gorgeous.

Babooshka said...

These really are beautiful butterflies which we just don't get here.

dAwN said...

Beautiful Gaelyn..and thanks for all the info on it as well!

Tranquility said...

What a perfect butterfly photo! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of that information - I've seen several of these little guys (probably while living in Arizona), but I hadn't realized that they don't live up here in Washington.

RuthieJ said...

Love that gorgeous butterfly! We have Red-Spotted Purples here in Minnesota too.

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