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And since birds like them, they're often missing large sections of wing, so the depicted specimens are wonderful. Strange that the depth of the blue in the tails doesn't really show in photographs.
Have you managed to get any of the winter form ?
This is the one which emerges in the late summer or early fall and overwinters as an adult.
The black of the hind wings is non-existent except, for some black spots with extensive orange replacing the black coloration of the summer form. The Violet coloration outlining the hindwings is also more extensive and tends to be brighter than that of the summer form.
Hence, for a time in older literature it was commonly called the Violet-tip.
I have always had a much harder time encountering the winter form as opposed to the summer form of this butterfly !
Now that's what I'm talking about. That's the real deal; the BEST of the forms to catch !
I envy you having so many because I've only got 2 to my name but, if I desired I could have probably filled a drawer
(stacked) by now with the summer form.
Location, location, location....
Really, just one of the best butterflies to be had in North America.
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