Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

Red Spotted-Purple Butterfly at Raccoon Creek State Park

Ahhhhh! We can all relate to our relaxing friend here. Just as we so relish the thought of getting up on a beautiful morning, carefree, strolling out onto our inviting and beloved deck; gently lowering ourselves onto our favorite chaise and soaking in the morning’s tempered sunshine. Our Limenitis anthems astyanax too is luxuriating in the soothing bath of warming morning sun.

She too seeks to prepare for the day ahead and nurture her beauty for the admirers who may be met. With her remarkable red spots and white flashes at the forward ends of her forewings, her bright blue iridescence and her finely formed red-orange marks at the forewing apexes, she is a stunner and cover-ready!

We just posted the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly the day before. Many who study butterflies believe that our Red-Spotted Purple butterfly is a mimic designed to cause predators to identify it as a Pipevine.

Interesting. Pipevine nectar at wildflowers, Red-Spotted Purples don’t. Red-Spotteds spend much of their time on the ground, Pipevines don’t. Hmmmm.

Jeffrey