Admirals and Painted Lady Names

Roger C. KENDRICK kendrick at
Sun Aug 8 10:33:09 EDT 1999

Hi Cris,

You could do worse than consult the butterfly volume (7, part 1) in the
Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland (eds. J.Heath &
A.M.Emmet, 1979-1997 and in prep.), published by Harley Books,
Colchester, U.K.. Each butterfly species has a brief vernacular
etymology section in its account.

hope this helps a little,


Cris Guppy & Aud Fischer wrote:

>  Does anyone know the origin of the names "White and Red Admiral" and
> "Painted Lady" (Limenitis and Vanessa) in Britiain? I believe they are
> very old names. If you do know, a literature reference would be
> helpful. Thank you. Cris Guppy
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