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Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Limenitis arthemis


Many shades of purple, blue, brown and orange Wing span: 2 1/4 to 4 inches


deciduous or mixed forests, moist uplands, valley bottoms


Mimics poisonous pipevine swallowtail. Males perch 3 feet or more above the ground to locate females but rarely patrol for females. This butterfly hibernates as third stage caterpillar, females lay eggs singly on tips of host plant leaves, and the caterpillar appearance mimics bird droppings. Adult food: carion, dung, rotting fruit, sap flows, occasionally nectar of small white flowers including, privet, Ligustrum; spirea, Spiraea; viburnum, Virburnum Caterpillar hosts plants: leaves of apple, Malus; aspen, cottonwood and poplar, Populus; basswood, Tillia; birch, Betula; deerberry, Vaccinium; hawthorn, Crataegus; hornbeam, Carpinus; oaks, Quercus; serviceberry, Amelanchier; wild cherry, Prunus; willows, Salix

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harpster84 7 years ago

thanks guys :)

p.young713 7 years ago


rimman.larry 7 years ago


Ohio, USA

Lat: 39.44, Long: -82.54

Spotted on Apr 2, 2009
Submitted on Apr 2, 2011

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