The white admiral (Limenitis camilla) is a truly wonderful species of a butterfly and a real pleasure to see. The adults may only be on the wing for a few weeks each year and so you really have to be on the ball to stand a chance of seeing them but when you do it can be a magical experience.
The basic appearance of the white admiral is that it is a mainly brown butterfly with some white markings on the wings. Clearly this doesn’t typically set it apart from a range of other brown butterflies with white marks on the wings but identification is easiest using behavioural details. Read on to learn more!
The white admiral tends to favour woodland areas, most especially deciduous woods where it is generally seen flitting around in the sunshine in the canopy of trees such as oak and beech. So if you happen to see a brown butterfly in the middle of summer flying high around woodland trees and stopping from time to time to sun-bathe then you may well have seen a white admiral.
The caterpillars feed on wild honeysuckle so finding a woodland with some of this plant can be a good way to start your search for these butterflies. The adults do feed and bramble flowers can be very good for attracting the adults.