Life Histories

The Red-Spotted Purple
Henry's Elfin

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The Red-Spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis

by Ken Fraser
These are pictures of a Red Spotted Purple that I took last June in our back yard.

We watched as the female laid eggs on a willow tree, after which Carol carefully collected a couple of eggs.

We "grew" them through all the stages and released the butterflies when they hatched.

These pictures were taken June 2010 using a Nikon D90 with a Nikkor 105 Macro. Un-retouched, except for some cropping.

- Ken Fraser

Henry's Elfin
Callophrys henrici

by Don DuBois
Henry's Elfin Caterpillar Henry's Elfin Caterpillar