Butterfly – Eurasian White Admiral
|by Marcia Malory|
The Eurasian white admiral butterfly depends on camouflage to protect it from predators. Its upper wings are black with white bands. These contrasting colors break up the outline of its wings.
This butterfly can be found in forests in southern Britain, as well as in parts of Europe and Asia.
The Eurasian white admiral eats honeydew and bramble blossom.
Females lay eggs on honeysuckle.
The first two caterpillar stages spin a pad of silk along the main vein of a leaf then eat on either side of the pad. Their own droppings, combined with the silk, provide them with camouflage.
When autumn comes, the caterpillar forms a tent of leaf tissue that is known as a hibernaculum.
It secures the leaf to the honeysuckle stem with silk before it enters inside it to spend the winter.
In the spring, the caterpillar awakes, feeds for a short time, and then molts.
After it molts, it has a spiny, green skin.
Eventually, the caterpillar forms a green and gold chrysalis.
Those that are not attacked by parasites or eating by birds go on to become butterflies.