Status:  common resident

Flights:  2-3, Mar-Oct

Distribution/known sites in Monterey County:  widespread, foothills and mountains, except SE county

Habitats:  riparian, urban and natural: forest edge, streamsides, orchards, parks, moist meadows

Host plants:  willows

Adult foodnectars at CA buckeye, yerba santa, thistle, composites; also bird droppings and dung; avid puddler

Conservation: secure globally


  1.   flies with a few, quick wing beats alternated with gliding

  2.   named for French collector Pierre Lorquin, who came from France to CA during gold rush

  3.   larva resembles a bird dropping

  4.   mimics Calif. sister, which is distasteful to birds (Lorquin’s admiral is edible to jays, thus Batesian mimicry); flight seasons match almost perfectly

  5.   apex patch slightly redder than on CASI, and touches margin; white band is thicker


Lorquin’s admiral

Limenitis lorquini

Life history facts

egg: laid on upperside of host plant leaf tips

larva:  feed on leaves; partially grown caterpillars overwinter in rolled leaf shelter


adult:  males patrol short stretches of trail, sally from perches, usu 7-15 ft. above ground; often bask on willow branches in sunny places

old stage rd