Red Spotted Purple

Subject: Butterefly ID
Location: Tnorthern Illinois
July 25, 2015 8:07 am
I saw this beauty in my yard. They were around in late July for a week. Any idea what it is and where it lives and feeds?
Signature: Geo

Red Spotted Purple
Red Spotted Purple

Hi Geo,
In the opinion of the editorial staff of What’s That Bug?, the Red Spotted Purple, like the one in your image, is one of the most beautiful North American butterflies.

Thanks so much Daniel,
I am sitting on my patio and it just just flew by again. Now I know what to call it.
Have a nice day.
P.s. Blue jay baby just walked by. What a day.

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