One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American butterfly that has black wings bearing a broad white band and a marginal row of blue dashes.
Limenitis arthemis, subfamily Limenitinae, family Nymphalidae. See red-spotted purple
- ‘The white admiral feeds on flower nectar, the juice of overripe fruit and the sap of damaged trees.’
- ‘The Butterfly House is under a tent in the summer where the white admiral butterfly reigns as Quebec's official insect.’
- ‘There, a friend showed me a shady river bed where literally dozens of southern white admirals were drinking.’
- ‘The white admirals flip their blue-black wings with the broad white epaulettes up and down the road in numbers.’
- ‘It is likely that over the next few years we may see white admirals returning to some of their old Essex haunts.’
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