Living With Red-Spotted Purples

Red-Spotted Purple

Red-Spotted Purple

Today I was visited by a red-spotted purple butterfly. These butterflies are noted for feeding on sap and rotting fruit. They do well in urban areas where many of the street and backyard trees, such as black cherries and willows, can serve as hosts for the caterpillars. The adults are not known to be toxic and are considered to be mimics of the toxic Pipevine swallowtail.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is a retired Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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