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Red-spotted Purple

Limenitis arthemis astyanax


All black butterfly with yellow orange and blue markings.


Found underneath an apple tree on a rotten apple.

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ForestDragon 10 years ago

Though there are some similarities in coloration and shape(this is a form of mimicry actually), the color and pattern are different. Black Swallowtails and Spicebush Swallowtails (which also look similar) are believed to be distasteful to predators so this butterfly has evolved to mimic them to avoid being eaten.
Black Swallowtail female:
Spicebush Swallowtail:
Nice spotting!

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Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jul 6, 2012
Submitted on Jul 7, 2012

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