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The eyespots likely serve to startle or distract predators, especially young birds. The species has many flights throughout the year, with mostly northward migrations for the summer. These butterflies exhibit seasonal color variations (polyphenism). In the summer, the butterfly has light yellowish ventral wings and is called "linea". The autumn morph has pink ventral wings and is called the "rosa" morph.
Butterfly bush in my garden
Spotted on Jul 23, 2013
Submitted on Aug 14, 2013
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