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.