Red Marks on Each Forewing Indicate that Our Subject is a Female Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted purple butterfly photographed at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA

Iridescence. Now there’s a word that we don’t run across to often. It’s the calling card of the Red-Spotted Purple butterfly. This is our 3rd post of one of them.

Those red marks on each forewing indicate that our subject is a female. Females are larger than males. Males are more usually seen sipping minerals from moist trails.

This trail, known as Nichol Road trail traverses Raccoon Creek State Park. A short distance from a small stream, a 15 minute pause here, say at about 10 A.M. on a sunny July morning will produce several species of beautiful butterflies. Try it!

Limenitis arthemis astyanax caterpillars overwinter. This means that at this very moment they are . . .