This butterfly posed nicely for this picture last July around Jordan lake in NC. Any idea what the common name is? I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your site all afternoon today!
John Snyder

Hi John,
Glad you enjoyed our site. This is a Red Spotted Purple color variation of the Red Spotted Admiral, Limenitis arthemis. The other color variation is known as the White Admiral and has white bands across the wings. There are numerous red spots on the under sides of the wings. They are usually found in moist woodlands. Food for the caterpillars include cherry and poplar.

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