Red-Spotted Purple

The Red-spotted Purple is a subspecies of the Red-spotted Admiral. Another subspecies, the White Admiral, is found in northern Ohio but not in our area. Red-spotted Purples are common near wooded habitats. They mimic the toxic Pipevine Swallowtail. 

Few butterflies can match the striking blue color of a fresh Red-spotted Purple. This species typically flies from May through September (with a few stragglers into October). 

The name "Red-spotted Purple" doesn't make sense until you see the underside of the wings. The red spots are obvious (although I still don't see the "purple"). Like many woodland species, Red-spotted Purples prefer to feed from tree sap, dung, and rotting fruit, and they are rarely found nectaring at flowers. However, I occasionally see them nectaring at buddleia bushes.