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Black and Blue Butterfly

Limenitis arthemis

Description:

Both sexes of this species are identical except that the females are slightly larger than the males.[2] The upper side of L. a. arthemis is mostly blackish-blue with white postmedian bands across both wings. Some individuals have a row of red submarginal spots, while others have this area being blue. The underside of the wings is a blackish color with a broad white postmedian band. The basal area of both wings contains many red spots. The submarginal area may contain a row of red spots and the marginal area having bluish spots. However, sometimes the submarginal and marginal areas are just a reddish-brown color

Habitat:

common throughout much of the eastern United States

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1 Comment

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 4 years ago

Lovely! This butterfly is also known as the Red-spotted Purple. http://bugguide.net/node/view/38193

AnnaleeHodges
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AnnaleeHodges

Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Jul 1, 2016
Submitted on Jul 5, 2016

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