Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
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. Having this butterfly in your garden would truly be an honor.
See more photos below to help you identify the stages of the Red-spotted Purple butterfly life cycle.