Red-spotted Purple by Lisa G. Putman

I spotted my first Red-spotted Purple this year in a woodland area near the Hatchie River near Brownsville, TN.

Limenitis arthemis ~ (Drury, 1773)


Limenitis arthemis is a North American brush-footed butterfly, common throughout much of the eastern United States. It has red spots on its underwing. The top of the wings are notable for their iridescent blue markings.

The Red-spotted Purple is a mimic of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) and is typically found in open woodlands and along forest edges.

Preferred host plants: birches, including Betula lenta; Salicaceae, including Salix bebbiana and Populus tremuloides, and Prunus virginiana (Rosaceae).

Also but not as often: Crataegus, Amelanchier, Malus pumila, Prunus pensylvanica and Prunus serotina (Rosaceae), Populus deltoides, P. grandidentata and P. balsamifera (Salicaceae), Alnus rugosa, Betula alleghaniensis and Carpinus caroliniana (Betulaceae), Ulmus americana (Ulmaceae), Tilia americana (Malvaceae) and Fagus grandifolia (Fagaceae).

Adults are diurnal, they fly from the morning until soon after dusk (Fullard & Napoleone 2001).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked) Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily: Limenitidinae (Admirals and Relatives)
Genus: Limenitis
Species: L. arthemis


  • KIsola
    KIsolaover 6 years ago


  • Melzo318
    Melzo318over 6 years ago

    Beautiful color blue!

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 6 years ago


  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 6 years ago

    Excellent ! Love the contrast of the butterfly to the stoney background

  • Robin Robb
    Robin Robbover 6 years ago

    So beautiful. Wonderful capture.

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 6 years ago

    Wow- this is stunning- again loads of info!! excellent work!

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