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Butterfly from Denali National Park - Limenitis arthemis

Butterfly from Denali National Park - Limenitis arthemis
Alaska, USA
July 17, 2005
As noted, I saw this guy at the end of the road in Denali National Park between Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska near the end of July/2005. I figured he's be easy to identify with those colorful spots, but the only butterfly book we had used monochrome plates. You can see a large resolution image of him at the bottom of this page:

White Admiral
My father always called these Banded Purples, but I believe the accepted common name would be White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis). One of the most beautiful butterflies, in my humble opinion. Great photo!

Jay Cossey

Western White Admiral
I think this would be subspecies L. a. rubrofasciata, which Butterflies of Canada says flies from Manitoba westward. It has a row of completely red spots on the upperside of the hindwing, whereas those spots are partly blue in L. a. arthemis, which occurs from Manitoba to the east coast.

Thank you Robin
I have updated the description of that butterfly that is at the bottom of my Colorado Hummingbird's page

Jay, Sorry for the delayed

Sorry for the delayed thanx as I was out of town for a week ... but I appreciate the response and I have updated my hummingbirds page.

Having you say "great photo" after seeing your awesome web site means a lot, so I appreciate the compliment ... and also the ID of the butterfly!

Best Wishes,

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