Brush-footed Butterfly by barnsis

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(Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
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This breathtaking butterfly is thought to be one of the most attractive butterflies in North America. It has blue iridescent wings with vibrant orange spots on the underside of the wings. The Red-spotted Purple mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail but is not a swallowtail at all; it’s in the family with brush-footed butterflies. It enjoys open wooded areas and wooded edges. The butterfly will visit plants for nectar but setting out extra treats such as overly ripened fruit will encourage a longer stay. The males enjoy puddling from time to time and can be a little territorial.

Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)

Subfamily: Admiral and Relative (Limenitidinae)

Average Wingspan: 2 1/4" – 4"

Source – www.gardenwithwings

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  • NordicBlackbird
    NordicBlackbirdabout 5 years ago

    lovely capture, B :)))

  • Thank you Nat.

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLabout 5 years ago

    Oh, he’s BEAUTIFUL!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that was blue before! Lovely capture, Byron!

  • Yes he was Barb, thanks

    – barnsis

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 5 years ago

    just love butterflies…………

  • Me to, thanks

    – barnsis

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 5 years ago

    What a beauty………………..hope it’s OK.

  • Thanks, yes as far as i know it is still flying around.

    – barnsis

  • joyousmoon
    joyousmoonabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous butterfly! Nicely captured!

  • Thank you very much stranger.

    – barnsis

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 5 years ago

    exquisite …. :)

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 5 years ago

    Most Exquisite!!!

  • Thanks

    – barnsis

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful! I have not got one shot of a butterfly yet this year! I think I might be just a bit envious Byron…lol Love this shot! The colours are gorgeous!

  • Thank you so much Robin

    – barnsis

  • joedog
    joedogabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colors, Great capture

  • Thanks, the lake is down about a foot and the butterflies are hanging out in the mud at the end of the lake.

    – barnsis

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 5 years ago

    Superb great shot!!!!

  • Thank you little sister.

    – barnsis

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