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A large butterfly with blue and black wings. These butterflies can be easily identified in their adult form by their blue hind wings with white spots on top and 7 orange spots underneath. Strikingly beautiful in real life, these photos do a poor job of capturing this creature.
These butterflies like open woodlands and fields and are found across much of the southern half of the United States. These butterflies only eat nectar from flowers - this one was drinking from a purple passionflower.
Found at the Joseph W. Jones Research Center