Subject: black butterfly
Location: Londonderry, New Hampshire
September 5, 2012 5:11 pm
What kind of a butterfly is this?
The wings are very tattered but it was still a thrill to see this beautiful butterfly today.
Signature: Laura

Red Spotted Purple

Dear Laura,
This is a very tattered Red Spotted Purple, and we hope you eventually have the opportunity to see and photograph a more pristine individual as they are easily contenders for the loveliest North American butterflies.

Thank you for identifying this butterfly for me.  I’d love to see a pristine one and I hope to see one this year.  This is the first time I can recall ever seeing one.

Location: New Hampshire

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