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Butterflies of West Virginia

White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis (white-banded))
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White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis), including white-banded hybrids

The typical subspecies of Limentis arthemis and some "hybrids" with subspecies astyanax have prominent white bands on both wings. The range of this subspecies is shown because it looks so different from the red-spotted purple form. The fact that both forms interbreed over a broad zone and produce fertile offspring is why they are treated under the single species (see page for Limentis arthemis).

State and Regional References:

Allen, T.J. 1997.  The Butterflies of West Virginia and Their Caterpillars.  
     University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA.  388 pp. 

Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W. & Lafontaine, D.J., 1998.  The Butterflies of 
     Canada.  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.  280 pp. 
Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.
White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis (white-banded))
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