Red Spotted Purple

Subject: Likely swallowtail butterfly
Location: Texas? Unknown
July 20, 2015 5:01 pm
My niece recently asked me about a specimen she was given by another family who likely collected it in Texas or Arkansas. It looks like a swallowtail, but the double row along the wing margins (especially clear on hind wings) has me stumped. Thought maybe a dark form, but I am totally in the dark!
Signature: Puzzled Auntie

Red Spotted Purple
Red Spotted Purple

Dear Puzzled Auntie,
Your confusion is understandable.  The lovely Red Spotted Purple is thought to mimic the presumably distasteful Pipevine Swallowtail for protection.

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