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Red-spotted Purples (Limenitis arthemis)

This butterfly and the Viceroy are considered to be Admirals, i.e., members of the Limenitis genus.  In fact, the White Admiral, a northern butterfly, is considered to be a member of the same species.

Red-spotted Purple, Durham, NC, 7/28/13 There's no question why this butterfly is called the Red-Spotted Purple! What's less obvious is that it shares the Viceroy's genus, Limenitis, and its species name is Arthemis. This butterfly showed up in Harnett County, NC on 8/10/04 during a NABA butterfly count and surprised us all by flying away despite its right wing condition.


Red-spotted Purple Durham, NC, 7/28/13 Red-spotted Purple, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 9/10/05.