I couldn't tell if this butterfly died of natural causes or what. It has been raining heavily.
saw one in Bandera County, TX
07 Aug 2009.
Pole Farm, Mercer Co, NJ.
Found on dogwood (Cornaceae) along a path through a woods.
28 Jul 2009.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, Mercer Co, NJ.
Not a great shot, but only the 2nd time I've seen this large and showy species, & the 1st time I've gotten pics.
The White Admiral or Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) is a polytypic species of North American brush-footed butterfly, common throughout much of the eastern United States. L. a. astyanax has red spots on its underside and the top of the wings are notable for their iridescent blue markings. L. a. arthemis on the other hand has a large white band traversing both the forewings and hindwings.