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Butterflies of Missouri -- Limenitis arthemis astyanax (incl. arizonensis)

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'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax (incl. arizonensis))
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Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax and L. arthemis arizonensis)

These two subspecies of Limentis arthemis lack the prominent white bands on both wings. The range of these two subspecies is shown because these look so different from the white-banded form. The fact that both forms interbreed over a broad zone and produce fertile offspring is why they are treated under the single species (see page for Limentis arthemis).

State and Regional References:

Heitzman, J.R. and Heitzman, J.E.  1987.  Butterflies and Moths of Missouri.
     Missouri Dept. of Conservation.  Jefferson City, MO.  385 pp. 

Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W. & Lafontaine, D.J., 1998.  The Butterflies of 
     Canada.  University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON.  280 pp. 
     
Opler, P.A. 1998. A field guide to eastern butterflies, revised format.
     Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston.     
'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax (incl. arizonensis))
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