Limenitis arthemis

Red Spotted Purple

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by Matt Rowlings

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Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

Field notes and information

ARIZONA April 2015: A pretty good mimic of the common pipevine swallowtail, this butterfly gives away the game by its aristocratic gliding style, quite unlike the swallowtail it mimics.

There is another form found along the Canadian border, the White Admiral, beyond the range of the pipevine swallowtail. That form loses the blue sheen and has a strong white band across the upperside, looking rather like the European Emperors.

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Phoenix, AZ, April 2015

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Santa Rita Mts, Tuscon S, AZ, April 2015

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Santa Rita Mts, Tuscon S, AZ, April 2015

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Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

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Huachuca Mts, Sierra Vista, AZ, April 2015

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Santa Rita Mts, Tuscon S, AZ, April 2015

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Atascosa Mts, AZ, April 2015

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Phoenix, AZ, April 2015