Lorquin's Admiral, Basilarchia lorquini
Adult food sources utilized by the Lorquin's Admiral
The Adult Lorquin's Admiral likes to cruise through a native
garden looking for plants like Butterfly mint, Monardella sp.
as well as Yerba
Santa. They are not held to feeding on perennials or shrubs also
enjoy the flowers of the California
Buckeye. Such an attractive insect has bad taste. They are also
fond of sipping from bird droppings and dung. So all you have to do to
attract this butterfly is spread bird and other animal poo? No, better
to plant a native perennial garden, it attracts people also.
Larval food sources utilized by the Lorquin's Admiral
The Lorquin's Admiral is usually found in riparian areas
because their larval food plants are Quaking Aspen
(Populus tremuloides), Cottonwood
(Populus species), Willow (Salix
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana var. demissa).
The Lorquin's Admiral overwinters as a larva in a leaf case on
one of its host plants. The Lorquin's Admiral is a showy butterfly and
This butterfly was named for Peirre Lorquin an early French butterfly
collector in California.
Like the other butterflies in this family the font legs are
greatly reduced. It uses its hind pairs of legs to get around.
At first glance this butterfly can be confused with The California
sister. The orange of the admiral's wings extends all the way to
the edge where as the California sister has an orange spot that is
nearly surrounded by black. Also, the banding and coloration are
Habitat of the Lorquin's Admiral Butterfly
The Lorquin's Admiral is found in Riparian
habitats as well as Mountain
Meadows. It likes moist habitats containing the riparian plant
species used by the larvae.