red-spotted purple

(Limenitis arthemis astyanax)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

red-spotted purple

NatureServe

N5 - Secure

S5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Rare

Flight/Season

Late May to early September

Habitat

Deciduous or mixed forests dominated by aspen or birch.

Size

Wingspan: 3 to 3¼

         
         
          Photo by Tom Baker
 
Identification

This is a large brush-footed butterfly with a 3 to 3½ wingspan.

The upper side is dark blue, the underside is dark brown. The upper side of the forewing is dark bluish-black near the body fading to dark brown or orangish-brown near the tip. There is a submarginal row of orange spots and three marginal rows white or pale blue spots. The upper side of the hindwing is dark blue fading to a submarginal row of iridescent light blue spots. There are also three marginal rows pale blue spots.

The underside of both wings is brownish-black with a submarginal row of orange spots and three marginal rows white or pale blue spots. There are additional black-ringed orange spots near the base of each wing.

The range of this species overlaps that of the white admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis) in the lower third of the state. Where the ranges overlap the subspecies interbreed and produce offspring with intergrading characteristics.

 
Similar
Species

 

 
Larval Food

Leaves of American basswood, aspen, birch, black cherry, hawthorn, oak, serviceberry, willow, and other trees.

 
Adult Food

Sap flows, rotting fruit, aphid honeydew, carrion, dung, and occasionally nectar from small white flowers including meadowsweet and arrowwood.

 
Life Cycle

The female lays eggs singly on leaf tips of host plants. Offspring of the first brood emerge in August. The offspring of the second brood overwinter as caterpillars in rolled leaves, pupate in the spring, and emerge as adults in June.

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map   Sources: 7, 20, 21, 24.
 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)

 

Suborder:

Glossata

 

Infraorder:

Neolepidoptera

 

Parvorder:

Heteroneura

 

No Rank:

Ditrysia

 

No Rank:

Obtectomera

 

Superfamily:

Papilionoidea (butterflies [excluding skippers])

 

Family:

Nymphalidae (brush-foots)

 

Subfamily:

Limenitidinae (admirals and relatives)

 

Tribe:

Limenitidini

 

Subtribe:

Limenitidina (admirals)

 
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Common
Names

red-spotted purple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Freshly emerged from the cocoon.

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Laurén D.
       

My first time seeing one in our garden. A true beauty!

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First time I’ve seen this beauty in my garden

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Never seen one before.....beautiful!!

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  Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
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  Limenitis arthemis (Red-spotted Purple)
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  Garden Butterfly: Limenitis Arthemis Astyanax (Black and Blue Wings)
Gary Pilarchik
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 20, 2012

Part of gardening is the wildlife. This is a video the shows the beautiful colors of the Limenitis Arthemis Astyanax. Black velvet wings with sky blue light markings on the edge. The upper parts of the wing and undersides have rust orange spots. The butterfly sits on a Sedum.

   
       
  Red Spotted Purple Butterfly
Kim Smith
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 8, 2010

Red-spotted Purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) warming wings and nectaring from native meadowsweet (Spirea latifolia), filmed in our Gloucester garden in early July.

   
       
  ♥ Mating Pair, Red-spotted Purple, (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) Clip #293
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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2009

"This is a subspecies of another butterfly called the White Admiral (L. a. arthemis), which, at first glance, doesn't look much like our Red-spotted Purple."
http://www.duke.edu/~jspippen/butterflies/redspottedpurple.htm

Photos/Video for Non-Commercial, Educational Purpose
http://www.zoology-quest.net/wiki/index.php/Limenitis%20arthemis%20astyanax

CLASSIFICATION
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Class Insecta
Subclass Pterygota
Infraclass Neoptera -- modern, wing-folding insects
Order Lepidoptera -- Borboleta, butterflies, Mariposa, moths, papillons, papillons de nuit
Superfamily Papilionoidea -- butterflies, papillons
Family Nymphalidae
Subfamily Limenitidinae
Tribe Limenitidini
Genus Limenitis Fabricius, 1807
Species Limenitis arthemis (Drury) -- white admiral
Sub-species Limenitis arthemis astyanax (Red Spotted Purple)
http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=188603

   
       

 

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Chris Larson
7/25/2019

Location: Edina, MN

Freshly emerged from the cocoon.

red-spotted purple


Laurén D.
7/15/2019

Location: Lake Phalen, Saint Paul, Ramsey County MN

My first time seeing one in our garden. A true beauty!

red-spotted purple


Roman
7/20/2018

Location: Edina

Discovered this in my backyard floating between the cherry, aspen and basswood trees!


Lynda
7/19/2018

Location: Richfield, MN

First time I’ve seen this beauty in my garden

red-spotted purple


Ida Marie
7/29/2016

Location: Ramsey, MN, near the Mississippi River

Never seen one before.....beautiful!!

red-spotted purple


     
     
 
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