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Red-spotted purple

Limenitis arthemis astyanax

Description:

The upperside of L. a. astyanax is very much like L. a. arthemis except it lacks the broad white bands. The forewing submarginal area on this specimen has a row of red spots. The hindwings has bright iridescent blue. This species has evolved to mimic the poisonous pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor).

Habitat:

Spotted at Lake Catherine State Park sunning on a rock in a dry creek bed. Mixed forest all around. Unlike most butterflies the Red-Spotted Purple prefers to be in deciduous forest or at the forest edge often in shady areas.


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1 Comment

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

Thank you DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 months ago

Simply beautiful!

Arkansas, USA

Lat: 34.44, Long: -92.92

Spotted on Sep 7, 2018
Submitted on Sep 25, 2018

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