Basilarchia arthemis astyanax Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

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The Red-Spotted Purple is one of the butterflies that gains protection from mimicking the Pipevine Swallowtail. In spite of the lack of "tails", its coloration is similar enough that it is considered a mimic. Its common name refers to the red spots on its wing undersides. Its larvae feed on several types of trees including willow and cherry. The adult can be attracted by putting out rotting fruit.
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Egg on black cherry (Prunus spp.)
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Young larva on black cherry
 
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Mature larva on black cherry
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Pupa
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Adult underside feeding on watermelon
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Adult feeding on banana and watermelon
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