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Red-spotted Purple Butterfly: How to Find and Identify It

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly in Tyler State Park, PA. MikeParker at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 2.5 (]
Red-Spotted Purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis astyanax). Nymphalids (Brushfoot family. Photo by Donna L. Long. I often get the Red-spotted butterfly confused with Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails or Black Swallowtails. If the wings are closed, Red-spotted Purples look similar to White Admirals (Limenitis arthemis arthemis). In fact, the Red-spotted Admiral and the White Admiral are considered two different forms of the …