A Swallowtail Butterfly ?
Location: Michigan, Kalamazoo Area (Southwestern Corner)
July 19, 2011 10:11 pm
I’ve never seen one of these before. i first thought it was a Spicebush; but after looking through all your photos, now i’m thinking it is a Pipevine. Can you tell me? Also … why doesn’t it’s tail have long points on it ? it doesn’t look to be damaged. Photo was just taken 18 Jul 2011.
I love your site. Thank you for being here for those of us interested in ’bugs’
Signature: Donna

Red Spotted Purple

Hi Donna,
The Red Spotted Purple, which many people consider the loveliest North American Butterfly, is not a true swallowtail, however it is speculated that it is a mimic of the Pipevine Swallowtail.

Red Spotted Purple

Thank You !
i feel honored to have had a visit from this beauty … twice!
the color was so vibrant and markings so striking
i truly enjoy your site !

Location: Michigan

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