Brushfoots: Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis

Red-spotted Purple Sightings
Size: Wingspan ranges from 2.25" - 4"
Habitat: Open woods, meadows, fields
Occurrence Level: Common
Flight Period: June, late August to September
Larval Host Plant: Wild cherry, poplar, willow, oak

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Red-spotted Purple
Howard County, MD. July 19, 2012

Ventral view with submarginal band of red-orange spots in both the hindwing and forewing.

Red-spotted Purple
Howard County, MD. June 30, 2012

A fresh Red-spotted Purple showing off its magnificent iridescent blue markings.

Red-spotted Purple
Baltimore County, MD. August 18, 2012

They have beautiful eye color.

Red-spotted Purple
Howard County, MD. August 5, 2012

Yes, the Red-spotted Purple likes tomatoes.

Red-spotted Purple
Allegany County, MD. August 29, 2012

It's not uncommon to see large numbers of Red-spotted Purples puddling. Many butterflies sip from wet soil and mud puddles to gain important nutrients and minerals.