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Butterfly - Limenitis arthemis

Butterfly - Limenitis arthemis
High Rock Park, Richmond County, New York, USA
June 1, 2008

Very nice shot, I got a picture of one but not quite that close! Very pretty

I would say
Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
But I am no expert on these.

sure is. Nice shot!

Red Spotted Purple
Thanks. Someone else said it was that, so I guess it is. It's the first butterfly I have taken a photo of. It was staying in one place, so I was able to capture the shot.

Red Spotted Purple
If it was staying in one spot, it was probably "puddling", a practice often seen on hiking trails or trailhead parking lots. Male butterflies will take up salts and minerals from areas where animals have urinated or defecated.

Thanks. That's really interesting.

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