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LIMENITIS POPULI  -  POPLAR ADMIRAL


The butterfly was luckily caught in mid-flight with wings open. Earlier it was taking salts from the freshly-cemented road repair, as the photo on the left shows.Rifugio Lancia, Rovereto, Trentino. 20.06.17.
1,100m asl. La Guardia, Trentino. 17.06.15.
1,100m asl. La Guardia, Trentino. 17.06.15.
On the right, the road at 1,100m asl where the 5 photos above were taken. La Guardia, Trentino. 17.06.15.
A single male along a mountain road near La Guardia, Trentino at about 1000m asl. 11.06.2015

La Guardia - Serrada, Trentino. 1,400 m asl. 20.06.12
Finally! After a three-year search, an encounter with a single female on a forest road.
 
La Guardia - Serrada, Trentino. 1,400 m asl.  20.06.12
 
La Guardia - Serrada, Trentino. 1,400 m asl. 20.06.12.

C d P. Trentino, June 2009
The picture on the left was my first photo of a Poplar Admiral as it it flew up out of the grass about 6 metres in front of me. (It can just be seen bottom centre of the photo). It immediately soared up and away never to be seen again! At the time I thought it was probably a female Purple Emperor, but when I enlarged the photo, the arrangement of the white markings pointed pretty conclusively towards Limenitis populi. I didn't dare publish the photo until 2012, three years later when I came across the individual in the 6 photos above!  

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