The Red Spotted Purple is native North America with subspecies in Central America. The upper side is mostly blackish-blue with a row of red spots on the forewing. The hindwings are either a bright iridescent blue or an iridescent bluish-green. Both the males and females look exactly the same but one difference is that the females are larger than the males.
The Red Admiral is found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. This medium-sized butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red, and black wing pattern. More specifically, the dark wings possess orange bands that cross the forewings and on the outer edge of the hindwings; white spots on the dorsal forewings near the front margin; reddish bars on dorsal surface of all four wings.