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Limenitis reducta01.jpg
Southern White Admiral (L. reducta)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Division: Rhopalocera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus: Limenitis
Fabricius, 1807

25 sp., see text

Limenitis is a genus of brush-footed butterflies, commonly called the admirals. The sister butterflies (Adelpha) and commander butterflies (Moduza) are sometimes included here.

The name Limenitis is New Latin "of harbours", from Ancient Greek Λιμενιτις (from λιμήν, a harbour, haven).[1]


Listed alphabetically within groups.[2]

Species group Basilarchia (North American):

White admiral (L. arthemis), Ottawa, Canada

Unnamed species group (South-east Asia):

Ungrouped (Asian):

Poplar Admiral (L. populi)


  1. ^ The Century Dictionary by The Century Company. Available online at
  2. ^ Limenitis,

Further reading[edit]

  • Glassberg, Jeffrey Butterflies through Binoculars, The West (2001)
  • Guppy, Crispin S. and Shepard, Jon H. Butterflies of British Columbia (2001)
  • James, David G. and Nunnallee, David Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies (2011)
  • Pelham, Jonathan Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada (2008)
  • Pyle, Robert Michael The Butterflies of Cascadia (2002)

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