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Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Limenitis arthemis

Description:

Many shades of purple, blue, brown and orange Wing span: 2 1/4 to 4 inches

Habitat:

deciduous or mixed forests, moist uplands, valley bottoms

Notes:

Mimics poisonous pipevine swallowtail. Males perch 3 feet or more above the ground to locate females but rarely patrol for females. This butterfly hibernates as third stage caterpillar, females lay eggs singly on tips of host plant leaves, and the caterpillar appearance mimics bird droppings. Adult food: carion, dung, rotting fruit, sap flows, occasionally nectar of small white flowers including, privet, Ligustrum; spirea, Spiraea; viburnum, Virburnum Caterpillar hosts plants: leaves of apple, Malus; aspen, cottonwood and poplar, Populus; basswood, Tillia; birch, Betula; deerberry, Vaccinium; hawthorn, Crataegus; hornbeam, Carpinus; oaks, Quercus; serviceberry, Amelanchier; wild cherry, Prunus; willows, Salix

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3 Comments

harpster84
harpster84 8 years ago

thanks guys :)

p.young713
p.young713 8 years ago

Pretty!

rimman.larry
rimman.larry 8 years ago

beeeyouteeful!!

harpster84
Spotted by
harpster84

Ohio, USA

Lat: 39.44, Long: -82.54

Spotted on Apr 2, 2009
Submitted on Apr 2, 2011

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