Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Red-spotted Purple

Limenitis arthemis astyanax

Description:

Gorgeous blue butterflies. Some had orange/gold spots. There was a small amount of cola spilled on the ground and apparently they liked it. They allowed me to get right up on them with my camera.

Notes:

This was on Natchez Trace Parkway at a rest stop.


1 species ID suggestions

4 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

I've always heard that puddling in when butterflies glean minerals from the earth to help in the mating process. Need to look that up.

Thank you! It didn't appear to. We were there for over an hour and they were fluttering around and appeared to be fine. Thank you for identifying them!

KarenL
KarenL 6 years ago

Lovely! I've seen mud puddling but not cola puddling!

ceherzog
ceherzog 6 years ago

Super shots...hope the cola does not hurt them!

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA

Lat: 35.06, Long: -87.81

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Sep 28, 2011

Related spottings

Limenitis reducta White admiral White Admiral Southern White Admiral

Nearby spottings

Red-banded hairstreak Swamp darner Ebony jewelwing Eastern pondhawk