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A White Admiral Butterfly on Echinacea flower. I was surprised to see the entropy theme in both the butterfly wing and the flower petals.

Photo taken Aug 13, 2020


Limenitis arthemis, the red-spotted purple or white admiral, is a North American butterfly species in the cosmopolitan genus Limenitis. It has been studied for its evolution of mimicry, and for the several stable hybrid wing patterns within this nominal species; it is one of the most dramatic examples of hybridization between non-mimetic and mimetic populations.

"Red-spotted admiral" and Easter tiger swallowtail on the same flower, now day I also find on one flower bees and skippers, total of 5 to 6 insects.

Both sexes of this species are identical except that the females are slightly larger than the males,

Had great lunch Yesterday watching the butterflies from the window, so much traffic with all the insects, also time for the Goldfinches to gather Sunflower seeds.

Have a nice weekend.

Photographed the White Admiral Butterfly on the Gillies Lake Promenade in the Gillies Lake Conservation Area located in the City of Timmins in Northeastern Ontario Canada


Photographed the White Admiral Butterfly on Prout's Island on Lake Sesekinika in Sesekinika in Grenfell Township Northeastern Ontario Canada

A rarely seen White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis), sporting quite a bit of blue and purple as befitting his rank, casts anchor very fleetingly (get it?) on a newly blossoming bridal veil spirea.

Depending on which authority one references this is a well marked subspecies of the white admiral or the species "red-spotted admiral".


Photographed near Bronte Marsh in Oakville, Ontario

The wing undersides of White Admirals in western North American are much redder than those in the east. Western White Admirals belong to the subspecies 'rubrofasciata' which means red banded.

Slightly worn and faded, but a beauty nevertheless. Backyard garden visitor.

Hot and humid is what I remember from the day I photographed this Red-Spotted Purple butterfly.

My wife says to me, "There's a beautiful blue butterfly in the back yard." "Tell it to wait," I said. Must've heard me.

I always give gorboy ( a tough time because he will spend hours everyday possible chasing a Great Purple Hairstreak or a Hermes Copper. I don't need to chase one of these everyday but do photograph at every opportunity. Coconino County, AZ.

I'm tattered and torn

Battered by the storms of life

Still I seek sweetness

This continues to be one of my favorite species that I enjoy seeing from Arizona to Florida up to Massachusetts. This one was seen in a dark forest area at some distance. Leon County, FL

I had hoped to return to the Northeast this summer, to find new species but also for a do-over with this species. That quest will have to wait until 2021. This individual is an intergrade with a White Admiral (Limenitis a. arthemis) from the Blended Zone around upper New York State and Massachusetts. Shown below is the same species as the butterfly posted above. The variations in individuals of this species can be amazing to see. Worcester County, MA.

Unfortunately not a great shot, but this lovely friend only hung out for a few seconds. This red-spotted purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis) landed outside the Alex Cole Cabin at the Jim Bales Place on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. (So many prepositions, sheesh.)

On my way to the car I found this little fellow sunning itself at the edge of the road. It seemed to be trying to absorb the late afternoon sun's rays and was not too concerned about my presence. (As with all my work, constructive critique is welcome and faves are appreciated.)

Red-Spotted Purples are consummate mimics.

Although they strongly resemble Pipevine Swallowtails, they are actually closely related to Viceroys,

The red backdrop is our brick Chimney next to the kitchen window.

Ok his real name is Limenitis arthemis or red-spotted purple. I think they are one of the most beautiful butterflies I can find around here in the wild and I was so happy when he stopped by my little yard ;-)

Below is another picture of him with his wings up - which I think is as beautiful as with his wings open.

Yesterday we got an afternoon sunny break from our gray, rainy weather. I went out to a favorite Butterfly spot to see what was flying around.


Top L - Northern Pearly-Eye Top R - Inornate Ringlet

Bottom L - Northern Pearl Crescent Bottom R - White Admiral


Fort Saskatchewan Prairie. Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.

I posted a red-spotted purple photo earlier in June that showed what the butterfly looks like from above and there wasn't a single red spot to be seen on the dorsal wing surfaces. It's sure a different story when you see this one from below! Now red spots dominate the ventral wing surfaces and their common name makes more sense.

Red-spotted Purple [Limenitis arthemis]


My back yard

Oreland, PA


562 10/20

This is the peak flight season for red-spotted purples around here. Their caterpillars are fond of hawthorn tree leaves and adults take flower nectar from plants like this cow parsnip. Find the purple colors on this butterfly beneath the forewings so we can only see the red spots along with some beautiful blues from above.

The Red-Spotted Purple, or Limenitis arthemis. ID thanks to Nature55 (Jayne)!

I'm posting two images today to show the dorsal and ventral sides of this beauty

Howard County Conservancy

Mt. Pleasant

Woodstock, Maryland

A very fresh Red-spotted Purple on the rocks.


Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area

Serpentine Barrens

Owings Mills, Maryland

A rare visitor to our garden.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Guilderland, NY

I'm posting two images today to show the dorsal and ventral sides of this beauty

Trying something new...what are your opinons?


I had just finished photographing Abrams Falls and was hiking back to the Jeep, when this Red-Spotted Purple butterfly alighted on a bridge rail along my path.


Limenitis arthemis astyanax is a colorful butterfly whose markings mimic the poinsonous Pipe Vine Swallowtail, helping it to ward off predators. This being a clear, cool Spring day in the open, this butterfly would have been easy prey and a tasty morsel for a bird. As it was, I couldn't pass up the opportunity for a quick series of pictures.

White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis)



Best in large view, by clicking on the image...


Photographed the White Admiral Butterfly resting in the middle of the Bridge to Bridge Trail in Mountjoy Township located in the City of Timmins Northeastern Ontario Canada.

White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis)


Hi Everyone!


It is Wannabe Warmer Wednesday so I thought I'd share an image from this past summer When I think of Goldenrods and butterflies I immediately warm up! I hope you enjoy this image!


I sincerely thank you for your visits and comments including constructive criticism. I'm wishing you a bright warm day!


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This is the same species as the butterfly posted below. The difference is the one above is a intergrade with a White Admiral (Limenitis a. arthemis) from the Blended Zone around upper New York State and Massachusetts. The variations in individuals of this species can be amazing to see. Worcester County, MA.

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