Siberian White Admiral
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Limenitis sydyi, Yunnan, China
© Andrew Neild
There are about
25-30 species in the genus Limenitis.
Some such as populi and
camilla are widely distributed across
Europe and temperate Asia. The majority however are largely
restricted to China and the countries of the former Soviet Union.
There are 4 species found in tropical Asia, but there the genus is
largely replaced by Neptis.
The majority of
Limenitis species have black wings,
banded and spotted with white. These markings are repeated on the
underside, which in most species has an orange ground colour, and a
single or double row of black submarginal spots.
is found in Siberia, Ussuri, Amur, China and Korea.
This species is found in forested habitats at elevations between
The butterflies are noted for their
nimble and graceful flight, alternately flitting and gliding, as they
weave their way with great precision in and out of the foliage of
trees. Males imbibe mineralised moisture from damp ground, and
occasionally visit dung, fallen fruit or sap runs. Both sexes imbibe
aphid secretions 'honey-dew' which coat the upper surface of leaves.
They also visit a wide range of herbaceous and arboreal flowers for