Limenitis populi (LINNAEUS, 1758)

Poplar Admiral


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Photo by Mario Maier. Limenitis populi, June 1997, Katzenstein / Bavaria

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Subfamily: Nymphalinae
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Description:
The Poplar Admiral
is one of the largest European butterflies, but it does not like to show. And because its larval host plant is Populus tremola we can only find it in woods where this tree is present. The females are very beautiful with their conspicuous white bands on the upperside of the wings. Males, however, often have no white bands at all (f. tremulae). Unfortunately, the females are almost never visible because they live in the treetops and rarely come down to earth. For that reason the summit of good luck for a butterfly-photographer is to photograph the female of the Poplar Admiral. The males, however, may come down on sunlit forest tracks during the warm hours of the day. They like sucking animal excrements, particularly the excrements of a fox, because of the minerals they need for the procreation. One can also tempt them with bits of strong smelling cheese.

Flight period:
One brood from May to July.

Larval host plants:
Populus tremola, sometimes Populus nigra.

Red List Germany: 2


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