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White Admiral

Limenitis (Ladoga) camilla
30 July 1977 30 July 1977


The White Admiral is a woodland species which uses Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) as its larval foodplant. This climber is quite common in woods, but there needs to be plenty growing in semi-shaded conditions to provide the best conditions for the species.

In ideal habitat White Admirals can be very numerous, even in quite small woods. Normally the species is seen in very low numbers, because in most woodland the only suitable habitat is by the side of tracks and clearings.

Conservation Issues

Isolated colonies of this species are threatened by lack of sufficient woodland management to maintain continuity of their habitat.

Single White Admirals are sometimes seen quite far from suitable woodland. It is uncertain whether these are natural strays or released specimens, and there have probably been some introduction attempts in the Cotswolds.

Flight Period

The end of June to late July.


There are a few colonies in the Severn Vale, and it is scattered in the Forest of Dean area and some other woods in the north-west of the county.

Cotswold records are very infrequent, and it seems unlikely that there are any permanent, natural colonies in that area.