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.