Red Spotted Purple ~ Limenitis Arthemis

The Red-spotted Purple is a common butterfly in the Eastern part of North America. This species tends to like to mix it up with the White Admiral and sometimes they hybridize. The offspring can have characteristics anywhere between the two subspecies. The Red-spotted Purple attempts to mimic the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) in hopes not to be eaten.

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Larvae Hosts: They tend to like white flowered trees and shrubs like; wild cherry (Prunus), birch (Betula), poplar (Populus), cottonwood (Populus), oaks (Quercus), hawthorn (Crataegus), deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum), willows (Salix), basswood (Tilia), and serviceberry (Amelanchier).

Adult Food: Sap flows, rotting fruit, carrion, dung, and occasionally nectar from small white flowers including spiraea, privet, and viburnum. They also enjoy aphid honeydew and can frequently be found drinking from mud puddles.

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Β© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

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