Another New Butterfly

Yesterday I got some photos of another butterfly that was new to me.  Technically it wasn’t a new species though.

This is a red-spotted purple, Limenitis arthemis.  I already was familiar with and had photos of this incredibly beautiful butterfly.

This is the white admiral–same species.  We mostly have the red-spotted purple in Iowa, and the forms intergrade.  Prior to yesterday I had not seen the white admiral.

When white admirals flit around openings in the trees and chase each other in the light they will take your breath away.

Spectacular.

 

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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4 Responses to Another New Butterfly

  1. ljhlaura says:

    Those are incredibly beautiful butterflies, especially the red-spotted purple. Wow.

  2. Finn Holding says:

    These two are beauties too. We have the white admiral kin the UK too (Limenitis camilla) but it is rare. The red-spotted purple is a real stunner.

  3. theresagreen says:

    Beautiful butterflies and lovely images of them.

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