Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Red-spotted Purple

The Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) butterfly is very common here in MD these days - we have lots of these little guys around the property.  If I named them, I'd have called them the "black and blue" butterfly - makes more sense to me!  It's interesting to know this species is a mimic of the of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

I love how they are paper thin when they fold up their wings!


Sue said...

That makes for a very interesting shot when they fold up their wings. I've never seen anyone take it like that, and it's very neat!

Razzberry Corner said...

Sue ~ Thank you!! Hope you're having a great vaca! I'm still waiting to hear about Texas!