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Limenitis arthemis astyanax

Common Name: Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis astyanax
Limenitis arthemis astyanax

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Limenitis
Species: Limenitis arthemis astyanax

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Red-spotted purple butterflies have a 2-4" wingspan. They are black in color with blue edges on their wings, with orange and white spots on the tips.

Habitat & Range

They are found in forests throughout the Eastern and central United States.


The adults feed on sap, carrion, rotting fruit, and some viburnum flowers.

Life Cycle

The caterpillars will overwinter by creating a hibernacula, or place to hibernate, for themselves out of leaves.

Featured image by James Dake


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