Red-spotted Purple Butterfly
Limenitis arthemis

May 28, 2008

Butterfly Underside

Identification: Oplar, USGS Internet pages, Butterflies of Alabama - The Red-spotted Purple Butterfly has a wingspan of two to three inches. The colors are bright, almost black in appearance, with a pale blue marginal line, followed by a black line. Look for two or three reddish spots at the tip of the forewing. The hindwing has identical markings as the forewing except for the red spots. A field of darker color radiates from the body outward, several layers of blue and black alternating in fine lines and dots at the wing margins; a series of spots that appear to be blue, but are actually purple. Its preferred habitat is gardens, woods and meadows.

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