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Photo#190751
Butterfly - Limenitis arthemis

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

nice
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.

 
Yes.....
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.

 
puddling
Thanks. That's really interesting.

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