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Red-spotted Purple

Limenitis arthemis astyanax


Black body. Black wings with white dots with blue & orange markings.


Found on a rotten apple under an apple tree in my yard in Northern Virginia.


I thought this was some sort of swallowtail, but it doesn't have the long "tails" on the bottom of its wings.

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PamG 7 years ago

Awesome! Thanks ForestDragon! I'm so glad to finally know the name of the beautiful butterflies that have been flying around my yard for years. They are a joy to watch!

ForestDragon 7 years ago

Hi Pam, great spotting! The Red-spotted Purple is a Pipevine Swallowtail mimic, so it isn't surprising that you thought what you did initially! Your acute observations helped you to see through the disguise :).

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Sep 9, 2013
Submitted on Sep 10, 2013

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