The Red-spotted Purple, (Limenitis arthemis), is a beautiful butterfly. This one spent a lot of time Thursday afternoon nibbling in the grass and dirt around the edge of my patio.
I’d poured some watermelon juice earlier in the day, so I guess it was lapping up the sugars. Or maybe not. Anyway, s/he sat nicely for pictures, wings slowly flapping.
I wish I had a nicer camera for better closeups. Soon, I hope. All photos taken Thursday afternoon, July 28, 2011 by me.
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