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Photo#1093602
So MD butterfly - Limenitis arthemis

So MD butterfly - Limenitis arthemis
Maryland, USA
June 30, 2015

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Moved from ID Request.

Red Spotted Purple

 
red spotted purple
i've seen and photographed them before but never quite like this one. they've always had the red spots on the wing. Is this one a juvenile? Female?

Thanks!!!

 
Just one of the variations and seems to be prevalent
in coastal north eastern states. Also subspecies hybrids / intergrades occur between Red Spotted Purple and White Admiral.
When a butterfly emerges from it's chrysalis (cocoon) it is an "adult" and no additional growth occurs. It nectars and takes in carbs and proteins for energy as well as puddling for minerals and water for health and reproduction.
Your specimen is basking, taking in heat, since butterflies are cold blooded. It appears to be a male but uncertain.

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