Limenitis astyanax (Red-spotted Purple)

Limenitis astyanax , also called Red-spotted Purple is a butterfly from Nearctic ecozone (North America). The first description was in 1775 by Fabricius. With a wingspan of 7.5 – 8.5 cm the Red-spotted Purple is a small member of the family NYMPHALIDAE. The butterfly is dark brown with some red spots on upside.


Photos for easy identification

Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer
Photo © by Thomas Neubauer

These are nice photos of Limenitis astyanax (Red-spotted Purple). Limenitis astyanax is a member of the family NYMPHALIDAE from Nearctic (North America).


Description

The forewings are dark brown. At the margin there is a chain of little white spots.
The underside is dark purple, but the pinion is dark brown. At the margin there are two chains of little white spots. Nearby the body there are two red spots.

The hind wings are dark brown. There is a broad blue area going backwards. There is a black line crossing the blue area.
The underside is dark purple. At the margin there are two chains of little white spots an one chain of big red spots. Nearby the body there are three red spots.

The body is black.

Sex differences: None.


Distribution

The Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis astyanax) is a butterfly of the Nearctic ecozone (North America) and the Neotropic ecozone (South America). The distribution include whole North America and extend to Panama.


This world map shows the ecozones in which this butterfly is distributed.

Larval food

Poplar (Populus), Willow (Salix) and Betula, Crataegus


General information

The first description of this butterfly was in 1775 by Fabricius. There are only two subspecies.

The caterpillar is mimic excrements of birds and has two thorny warts. The pupa has no silken girdl.


Protection provisions / Red List

Similar and closely-related species

Limenitis archippus [Cramer, 1775] (Viceroy)  


Scientific name

Limenitis astyanax Fabricius 1775


Synonym

Red-spotted Purple


Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree

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Ecozone

NEARCTIC (North America)

 

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