Welcome to the next edition of my storytelling series introducing you to the creatures in my stationery field guide collections. Today, I’m featuring the White Admiral butterfly, which is a new illustration to my field guide collections. It’s also the first illustration I did with my drawing tablet.
This illustration was inspired by a photo taken by my friend Kate on a family vacation, which she shared with me when I started my butterfly obsession in summer 2012.
White admiral butterflies are common throughout the eastern United States. They are usually found in the north in deciduous forests dominated by aspen or birch trees. They can also be found in forest edges, roadsides and trails through wooded areas. They are a dark butterfly with white bands across each wing and a few red spots. As adults, they like sap, rotting fruit and nectar from white flowers such as spiraea and viburnum. Their caterpillars prefer wild cherry trees, aspen, poplar, cottonwood, oaks, hawthorn, birch, willows and basswood.
My white admiral butterfly illustration can be found on notecards:
Stay tuned for a future storytelling series from a field guide to leaves and fish. Thanks for stopping by.