White Admiral Limenitis camilla


The White Admiral is found in sunny rides of broad-leaved woodland mainly in southern and eastern England, although its range has been expanding, and it may also be found in mixed conifer and deciduous plantations. Its distribution is localised and scattered throughout much of its range.


It is black with white bands across the upper wings, and has a powerful gliding flight which can be mistaken for a Purple Emperor, which is found in the same habitats (although not in the East Midlands Region). It spends most of its time in the tree canopy feeding on honeydew, but will come to ground level attracted by bramble blossom.

Flight times

It is single-brooded, flying between mid-June and mid-August.

Food plants

The sole foodplant is Honeysuckle.

White Admiral
White Admiral - © Simon Jenkins

Distribution Maps

White Admiral distribution map 2005-09
White Admiral distribution map 2010-14
White Admiral distribution map 2015-19
White Admiral distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 1
First sighting 17/07/2015
Last sighting 17/07/2015
White Admiral distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 1
First sighting 14/07/2016
Last sighting 14/07/2016
White Admiral distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 1
First sighting 09/07/2017
Last sighting 09/07/2017
White Admiral distribution map 2018
2018 Summary
No of tetrads 1
First sighting 20/06/2018
Last sighting 18/07/2018

Not recorded

White Admiral distribution map 2021
2021 Summary
No of tetrads 1
First sighting 11/07/2021
Last sighting 11/07/2021

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