Monday, July 1, 2019

Lorquin’s Admiral

“There’s a different butterfly in the backyard!” exclaimed Erika. This Lorquin’s Admiral zipped around Erika’s garden, and made repeated stops on the edge of the bird bath. These butterflies are fond of mud, where they presumably sip moisture. They also feed on various plants, but also bird droppings and dung, which also may decorate the bath edge. The species, although new for Erika and me, is common in a wide variety of habitats, even urban settings, from western Canada south through the Rocky Mountain West south to California. According to Wikipedia, “They are extremely territorial and will attack any intruders into their habitat, including large birds.”

This butterfly is named after Pierre Joseph Michel Lorquin, a French lepidopterist who lived from 1797 undtil 1873. He collected butterflies and beetles in many parts of southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America, Africa and Europe. He worked in California in 1849 and 1856.

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