|Weidemeyer's Admiral Butterfly has a
black upper surface with a wide white band across the wing. They usually
(but not always) have a faint orange band below the
white one, then a very thin white band along the rear margin of the
wing. The butterfly ranges throughout the western US from Mexico to
Canada and prefers moist mountain forests and riparian areas.
The Weidemeyer's Admiral at right
was photographed in Heaps Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah.
The butterflies drink nectar from the flowers of
willows, aspens, chokecherries and others. They often fly very high
above the ground, but will come down to perch on the ground or in the
low branches of trees.