The Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly is common here in south Mississippi. I've seen several this summer and occasionally photographed them from June through September. Here's my photo collection of this beautiful butterfly species:
The Red-Spotted Purple is a species of the North American brush-footed butterfly and is a mimic of the poisonous Pipevine Swallowtail. Both sexes of this species are identical except that the females are slightly larger than the males. The males aggressively defend territories and readily dart out from their overhanging perches to chase passing objects. The butterfly occasionally visits flowers, but like many of its relatives in the brush-footed family, is more strongly attracted to rotting fruit, animal dung and moist earth.
"Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine"
~ Jeffrey Glassberg