A Lorquin’s Admiral on Butterfly Bush blooms.

The wingspan of the Lorquin’s Admiral is 47-71 mm ( 1.85-2.80 in). Females are considerably larger than the males. Lorquin’s Admirals are easily recognized by their orange tips of the fore-wing upperside.

In Canada, it is widespread in southern British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, north to Emerald Lake. It also occurs in extreme southwestern Alberta and there is a single record from the Cypress Hills in southwestern Saskatchewan.

This is mainly a species of the west coast in the U.S., moving farther inland in the more northerly parts of its range

Lorquin’s Admiral flies from June until August in Canada. This is a very pugnacious butterfly, often attacking any intruder in its territory, even large birds. It is mainly found in or near woodlands, including orchards and parks. This striking butterfly sits on tree leaves at the forest edge, with its wings characteristically held at a 45-degree angle, showing off the bright orange wing tips.


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  • Yool
    Yoolabout 6 years ago

    This is so very very beautyful ……Sandy this is a great image great colors and object….wow

  • Thank you very very much Yool!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasabout 6 years ago

    Very beautiful picture!

  • Thank you very much Stephen!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Leno
    Lenoabout 6 years ago

    good shot!

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Leno!

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonabout 6 years ago

    Great close up shot, beautiful butterfly

  • Thank you for your kind comment Barry!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Umbra101
    Umbra101about 6 years ago

    Lovely shot, such beautiful colours :)

  • Thank very much Umbra101!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichabout 6 years ago

    Oh my, Sandy. This picture is stunning. Incredible colours and contrasts. I’m envious, LOL.

  • Thank you very very very much David!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful butterfly-photo, very nice colors! (Thanks for your comment!)

  • You are always welcome Ellen and thank you!!!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 6 years ago

    I love the colors and sharpness, this is really beautiful!!

  • Thank you so much Marvin!

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 6 years ago

    Another beauty. Great colours, and details. Wonderful against that blue bg.

  • Thank you very much Torfinn!

    – Sandy Stewart

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