Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1302619

Weidemeyer's Admiral
Limenitis weidemeyerii

Observation date: July 22, 2021
Submitted by: TheTrendyWendy
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: I was delighted that the specimen moved from hot pavement to my hand and took proffered water from a bit of dried grass I dipped in a puddle. It also explored my hand with its proboscis. Eventually it moved to a cotoneaster (after showing no interest in common yarrow, fireweed, or lupine). (I realize this narrative may be of less scientific interest than some, but I found the encounter magical and wanted to share… )
Status: Resident
Verified by: mikefisher
Verified date: August 31, 2021
Coordinator notes: Your suggested ID is correct and one of the easier to know and identify butterflies...this one appears to be a bit aberrant in that it is missing the remainder of the red-colored marks and other white markings usually at the portion on the hindwings. Neat experience with the individual and close-up of the head and eye. Sometimes they can be friendly and perhaps this one was in a bit of need! Mike
Checklist region(s): United States, Colorado, Teller County