Red-spotted Admiral Limenitis arthemis astyanax

Formerly the Purple. I may prefer that name. The woodland dark butterfly without any tails. That is the same shining blue as on the Pipevine Swallowtail. Fresh Red-spotteds can glow. Often lands upon the tree understory after it flutters through the trunks and limbs. In shaded forests, nectars on the muddy roadbeds with the Spicebush and Pipevine Swallowtails. Below an emergent purple that is as fresh as they come, with shed temporary home below. The flighted life awaits.

The closer shot of the chrysalis from my back porch plants. We are surrounded by Purples most of the summer.

The caterpillar in the late stages. Note the bird dropping appearance and the headgear.  Note the resemblance to the chrysalis case above.