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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