Aug 16 2014
The color of indigo buntings and mountain bluebirds, this butterfly is pretending to be something else.
Its name is “Red Spotted Purple” (Limenitis arthemis) — no mention of blue! — and its color mimics the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail. I suppose the orangish red spots on its underside gave it its name.
This one was mud-puddling with other butterflies at Jennings Prairie last weekend, but I ignored them because they weren’t this color.
I have never seen the deep blue Pipevine Swallowtail.
Love this color.
(photo by Kate St. John)