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Kentucky Color: Hills are alive
with Red-Spotted Purple Butterflies

They have few predators, and flourish, because their color mimicks that of the poisonous Pipestem Swallowtail
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By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired Kentucky State District Forester

The hills are alive with Red-spotted Purple Butterflies at 992 Sparksville Road (Harvey's Ridge).

They are on the highway, in the gravel driveway, in the air, and in this instance on the woodbox on the front porch.

I understand that the female is slightly larger than the male and if that is true then that explains what might have precipitated this gathering of both large and slightly smaller Red-spotted Purples.

They also seemed to be somewhat oblivious to the rest of the world around them which is another indicator of amorous behavior.

This particular butterfly has very few predators because its color scheme is so much like the Pipevine Swallowtail which is poisonous.

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Kentucky Color: Red-spotted Purple butterfly

2010-08-19 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Kentucky District Forester. South Adair Co., KY
"The hills are alive with Red-Spotted Purple Butterflies," writes Billy Joe Fudge. Their coloration, he says, is protective, mimicking the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail.

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