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Red-spotted Purple

Red-spotted Purple
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Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos on TrekNature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-09 5:13
Viewed: 3068
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have a number of these in our yard during the summer. This guy was sitting on a rise in the garden.

From Wikipedia:

Red-spotted Purple

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Genus: Limenitis
Species: L. arthemis
Binomial name
Limenitis arthemis
(Drury, 1773)

Basilarchia arthemis

Limenitis arthemis is a polytypic species of North American brush-footed butterfly, common throughout much of the eastern United States. L. a. astyanax has red spots on its underwing and the top of the wings are notable for their iridescent blue markings. L. a. arthemis on the other hand has a large white band traversing both the fore and hindwings.

* Limenitis arthemis arthemis - (American) White Admiral (see also Limenitis camilla).
* Limenitis arthemis rubrofasciata - Western (American) White Admiral, characterised by the absence of blue spots on its inferior wings.
* Limenitis arthemis astyanax and Limenitis arthemis arizonensis - Red-spotted Purple or Red-spotted Admiral, both characterised by the absence of white bands on their wings.

The White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis) is, since a poll in October 1998, the (unofficial) insect emblem of the province of Québec, Canada. (See Quebec symbols and emblems for further details). It is the only sub-species of Limenitis arthemis present in Quebec.

The Red-spotted Purple is a mimic of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) and is typically found in open woodlands and along forest edges.


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Hi Bob!

I love this picture! I'm not a specialist of butterfly pictures, but yours is exquisite! The colours and the subtle lighting make it to be an outstanding one. I especially like the effect of the two lightspots on the wingtips very much. The wild rose is a fine and delicate support for this beauty.

Kind regards


hello Bob
very nice composition
great sharpness and great colours
greeting lou

Nice picture with great sharpness,good DOF.

Anil Pinto

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-02-09 10:59]

Hola Bob,
buena macro
interesante encuadre y detalles...
finos colores.
saludos Bob.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2009-02-09 14:53]

Hello Bob,
beautiful colors, great details captured!

best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-09 19:39]

Lovely photo BOB,
Your really making me long for spring now!! Very sharp and colorful image composed nicely!! Wonderful work!!!

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