Location:  Cincinnati, OH
August 29, 2010 5:55 pm
My daughter Gwen and I have been trying to identify this beautiful butterfly we found in a friend’s yard. We thought it might be a Spicebush Swallowtail, but they look a little different on your site. This one had the washed-out blue on the bottom and a coppery colored wash on the top. I snapped the pic with my iphone, and wish i could have gotten a better one before it flew off. What do you guys think?
Thanks for your help 🙂
the Franke family again

Red Spotted Purple

Dear Franke family,
We are impressed that you noticed the similarities between your Red Spotted Purple and the Pipevine Swallowtail because it is believed the Red Spotted Purple mimics the Pipevine Swallowtail because the swallowtail does not taste good to predators.

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