Red - spotted Purple - Basilarchia astyanax
|Size||3 - 3½"|
|Caterpillar||Cream colored with dark mottling. Two hair bristles behind head.|
|Host / Food||Papaw|
|Habitat||Open woodlands, forest edges, meadows, riversides, shorelines, roadsides.|
|Range||Dakotas and NE Colorado east to New England, south to central Florida, and west to Arizona and Mexico.|
In our yard at least the Red-Spotted Purple is the bravest butterfly we see. They are very slow to fly away when you near them and have a habit of landing on our dog. This butterfly is also a mimic, it copies the Pipevine Swallowtail which is distasteful to birds.