Red-spotted Purple

By taggart  
Red-spotted Purple
Basilarchia astyanax 3-3 1/2 inches

A large colorful butterfly that will be seen in woodlands and lawns and gardens. Red-spotted refers to bright red spots on the underwing! View 2

Apologies to those who have commented on the Eastern Tailed Blue--- I will do some more work on the image and repost another time. Thanks to Ronnie AG for very appropriate suggestions!

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 1:43AM
Amazing shot, very sharp with great details and a most beautiful subject! Grin

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1 Aug 2013 3:31AM
Excellent macro, perfectly done!
Potra 5 Venezuela
1 Aug 2013 3:50AM
This is an absolutely gorgeous creature!
Great shot as always, Jenn.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
1 Aug 2013 4:15AM
Excellent images Jenn !! Such beauty here !!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
1 Aug 2013 4:54AM
WHat a very beautiful butterfly with its graded tones

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Aug 2013 4:55AM
Now, these are two class shots, Jenn: I especially love V 1 in which the darkish insect displays so well against the light greens of the surrounds.
I thought at first we had 2 different butterflies here until I read your intro.
I love them both, Jenn. I think I prefer the simplicity of V1, with an almost metallic quality to the wing color.

1 Aug 2013 5:59AM
Two stunning images. Smile
Danial 8 Iran, Islamic Republic Of
1 Aug 2013 6:02AM
What a nice color SmileSmile perfect
9 10 10 England
1 Aug 2013 6:25AM
Exquisite x 2.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 7:07AM
Two magnificent images of this beauty.
1 Aug 2013 7:42AM
Beautiful images Jenn,
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
1 Aug 2013 7:43AM
This butterfly is so beautifully illustrated by these two images. Wonderful clarity and colour, Jenn.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 7:46AM
fantastic detail jenn wonderful colour and light two stunners nice ones Wink
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 8:10AM
A beautiful butterfly expertly captured Jenn.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
1 Aug 2013 8:16AM
A very beautiful macro image.

Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 8:17AM
Two excellent images.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 8:52AM
Two outstanding images Jenn, amazing detail and the colours are excellent

1 Aug 2013 9:08AM

Quote:This is an absolutely gorgeous creature!
Great shot as always, Jenn.

2 impressive shots.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 9:20AM
Stunning photography...

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 9:40AM
Super image
Herge88 11 40 4 England
1 Aug 2013 10:47AM
Version one for me today Jenn, just for keeping so much detail in those black wings, not always easy to achieve.

Best Matt
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
1 Aug 2013 10:55AM
Both really lovely.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
1 Aug 2013 11:06AM
Stunning detail and colour in these beautiful Images!!
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
1 Aug 2013 11:14AM
Such a dramatically beautiful butterfly. The wings look like the finest of silk.
Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
1 Aug 2013 11:19AM
Two beautifully captured images showing the detail and colours of this insect well.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Aug 2013 12:00PM
oh what a beauty, it looks so oriental. I love the shine on the black wings!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 12:11PM
Don't think we have this species here in Britain what a beauty - great to see
both sides. Very well taken,
psu68 5 1 2 United States
1 Aug 2013 2:27PM
Both great images...
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
1 Aug 2013 2:27PM
Has a good ''sheen'' to this one Jenn.
Well coloured shots.
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 2:45PM
Gorgeous shots !!!....what a beautiful butterfly !!
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
1 Aug 2013 2:55PM
Glorious capture Jennnn. A brilliant creature.GrinGrinGrin
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 3:26PM
Two great shots, Jen.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
1 Aug 2013 3:52PM
I particularly love the tones and colours in the wings of V1; special!
1 Aug 2013 3:56PM
a very beautiful butterfly well captured
1 Aug 2013 4:10PM
2 great images, the colour and detail is first class.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
1 Aug 2013 6:58PM
This one is beautiful on both sides - you are fortunate to be having so many butterflies. Very sparse here right now, and hoping it will get better as the weather cools. Queens seem to be the only kind I see. Although, I did find a black swallowtail cat on my parsley this morning. It was a big one, so it's probably going to wander away from the plant soon.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 7:12PM
Quite beautiful
1 Aug 2013 7:20PM
Stunning captures, smelting DOF and excellent details in both images!
1 Aug 2013 7:22PM
Love the strong diagonal ending in that gorgeous butterfly Grin

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 8:11PM
Exceptional quality image, Jenn.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 8:31PM
Has to be V2 but what magnificent images Jennn
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
1 Aug 2013 9:21PM
Good shots, Jennn, the only butterflies that I have seen in my garden, this year, are Cabbage Whites,
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 9:29PM
Just superb Jenn - v1 in particular is absolutely top class
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
1 Aug 2013 9:31PM
Two superb images Jennn - love the sheen on the wins in V1.
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 10:35PM
Two beautiful captures and outstanding pieces of work.
Regards John.
1 Aug 2013 11:11PM
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2013 11:21PM
what can I say Jenn, all those UAs speak for themselves!
Ayoob 7 Australia
2 Aug 2013 12:36AM
Two excellent macro shots with wonderful detail ,light and colours -very well done , Jenn......GrinGrinGrin
MandyD Plus
9 16,777.2k 1 England
4 Aug 2013 8:56AM
What a beauty, gorgeous capture Jenn.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
4 Aug 2013 9:40PM
Two brilliant images of this beautiful and exotic butterfly, both versions deserve an upload in their own right

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