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RED-SPOTTED PURPLE   (Limenitis arthemis astyanax ) - Limenitis arthemis

RED-SPOTTED PURPLE (Limenitis arthemis astyanax ) - Limenitis arthemis
Greenville, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
July 25, 2012
Size: Wingspan ~ 3"
The dorsal side of this butterfly was all but impossible for me to photograph with this individual. The Butterfly Bushes in my garden grow to ~ 6' and up. As I am 5'.1" the ventral side was what I could see and photograph clearly. Two of the photos I'm submitting give partial looks at the dorsal side, as it opened and closed its wings as it fed. It was not difficult to get close to, yet it moved among the flowers constantly. I've never seen a butterfly that looks like this one. I have tentatively given its ID as a Red-Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) after consulting "Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide" by Rick Cech and Guy Tudor, copyright 2005 Princeton University Press.

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