Thursday, July 18, 2013

odd foundling

"While trimming some day lilies I found a most unusual caterpillar. I think it may be a red-spotted purple caterpillar (Limenitis arthemis). The tiny little spots were almost a fluorescent turquoise blue," wrote Amy Barton.

 The red-spotted purple is a North American brush-footed butterfly, a mimic of the poisonous pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor). It's typically found in open woodlands and along forest edges.

No comments: