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LaGrange County, Indiana


A Viceroy Butterfly taken in the Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area.

North American butterfly that mimics the more-commonly-known Monarch to dissuade predators. On the trail around Elm Lake, Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas. Smile on Saturday.

Spotted this Viceroy sitting in the evening sun during a hike through Bronte Creek Provincial Park, Oakville, Ontario.(Limenitis archippus)

Vuceroy out at Circle B Bar Reserve located in the City of Lakeland in Polk County Florida U.S.A.

A Viceroy lazily sits atop a queen anne's lace and suns its self after emerging from it's Chrysalis in Southern Indiana.

Limenitis archippus


Howard County Conservancy

Mt. Pleasant

Woodstock, Maryland

This pretty Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) landed right in front of me while we were walking in the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. I started shooting and didn't pay any attention to what the wildflower was that it was nectaring on but now I am wondering if anyone can help me identify it. How about Pearly Everlasting?

Fiddler’s Creek


Southern Florida



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This image of the Viceroy butterfly was photographed on the way back to our car. It has a lot of damage to its wings.


The viceroy (Limenitis archippus) is a North American butterfly that ranges through most of the contiguous United States as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. The westernmost portion of its range extends from the Northwest Territories along the eastern edges of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada mountains, southwards into central Mexico. Its easternmost range extends along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America from Nova Scotia into Texas.


It was long been thought to be a Batesian mimic of the monarch butterfly, but since the viceroy is also distasteful to predators, it is now considered a Müllerian mimic instead.


The viceroy was named the state butterfly of Kentucky in 1990.


Its wings feature an orange and black pattern, and over most of its range it is a Müllerian mimic with the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). The viceroy's wingspan is between 53 and 81 mm (2.1 and 3.2 in). It can be distinguished from the monarch by its smaller size and the postmedian black line that runs across the veins on the hindwing.


In Florida, Georgia, and the American Southwest, viceroys share the pattern of the queen (Danaus gilippus) and in Mexico they share the pattern of the soldier (Danaus eresimus). In all three areas, the local Danaus population mimic the coloration of the viceroy species. It was originally believed that the viceroy was a Batesian mimic of the three other species, and presumed edible or only mildly unpalatable to predators, but this has since proven not to be true. In an experiment with both the monarch's and viceroy's wings removed, birds were discovered to think the viceroy was just as unpalatable as the monarchs.

Pollishing Pond at Cross Creek Ranch, Fulshire, Texas.

This Viceroy Butterfly seen feeding on Boneset in the RBG Cootes Paradise Sanctuary., Hamilton, Ontario.

(Limenitis archippus)

Limenitis archippus. Native to North America. Like the Monarch, which it mimics, the Viceroy is distasteful to predators. San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, La Porte, Texas.

The Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) above is a co-mimic (Müllerian mimicry) of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). Both are bitter-tasting and poisonous to the creatures that try to eat them. But they co-mimic each other in color and pattern to offer both species further protection from predators.


There are two types of biomimicry: Batesian Mimicry occurs when one relatively helpless species evolves to copy the warning signals of a harmful species.


Mullerian Mimicry is a mutually beneficial co-mimicry where two equally harmful species mimic each other for a stronger, combined result in repelling predators.


Knowing that the Monarch survival rate in the wild (from egg to butterfly) is only 2% - 8%, every bit of advantage serves to boost the chances of the survival of the Monarch.

Good morning everyone and I hope you had a nice weekend. Just two quick pics today of a second Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) photographed this past season. One of only two for all of 2017.


Both pics were taken at Lacey Pond in mid August of the same male. Of which the second pic can be found in the comment section or my stream.


As a side note; while my husband and I were out raking leaves yesterday an Orange Sulphur fluttered by. It landed nearby so I was able to get a look at it and it was a white form female. Hard to believe since we've had a number of nights with the temp down into the mid 20's and a few days where it never got out of the 30's. At the time I saw the Orange Sulphur it was 50 degrees, but bright and sunny.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly great day and week.




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The Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) is a North and South American butterfly in the family Nymphalidae (the brush-foots) with a wingspan of 2.75–3.25" (70–88mm). It is orange or brown with black wing borders and small white forewing spots on its dorsal wing surface, and reddish ventral wing surface fairly similar to the dorsal surface. The ventral hindwings have black veins and small white spots in a black border. The male has a black androconial scent patch on its dorsal hindwings.


This species is possibly a close relative to the similarly-colored Soldier Butterfly (or "Tropic Queen"; Danaus eresimus); in any case, it is not close to the Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) as was long believed. There are about 10 recognized subspecies (Smith et al. 2005). As with other North American Danaus species, it is involved in Müllerian mimicry with the Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) where the two co-occur.

Females lay small white eggs singly on plants in the milkweed subfamily (Asclepiadoideae), including Mexican Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Desert Milkweed, and Sandhill Milkweed. The egg hatches into a black caterpillar with transverse white stripes and yellow spots, and three pairs of long, black filaments. The caterpillar feeds on the milkweed and sequesters chemicals that make it distasteful to some predators. It then goes through six instars, after which the larva finds a suitable spot to pupate. The adult emerges 7 to 10 days afterwards. D. gilippus has multiple generations a year.


Natural History Museum. Butterfly Pavilion. Los Angeles. California.

Good morning everyone and I hope you had a nice weekend. As the title states, I'm pleased to present my first photographs of a Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) for 2018. I know, kind of late since it's August, but it's pretty typical for this species locally. Last year it was even a bit later in the month.


Just two pics, an open wing shot as seen above and a lateral view of the same butterfly, which can be found in the comment section and my stream. Unfortunately both pics have a busy surrounding and background, more so the lateral view, since the butterfly was perched on Prairie Rose...albeit long past blooming. Sorry about that.


Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly great day and week.




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Here in Virginia, the Viceroy is a bright orange, resembling the color of the Monarch. The Florida subspecies is a reddish orange, resembling the color of the Queen.

One of my favorite residents and a great example of biomimicry, this butterfly is not to be mistaken for a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Photographed in Palmyra, NJ

BWI Bike Trail

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida - 22nd November, 2018

Here's what the viceroy caterpillar turns into after metamorphosis. Amazing! By the way, spotted Joe-Pye weed is a popular prairie wildflower for many pollinators to collect pollen and nectar from now in late summer.

It's such a treat to be able to see the beautiful Viceroy in the yard. I keep looking for caterpillars on the willow tree (host plant). However, so far they have eluded me. I would love to raise a bunch of these, they are easy to care for in comparison to the monarch.


The birds are very thorough when it comes to finding such a treat. Evidence shows they have been beating me to the caterpillars on a regular basis for the past few weeks. Hmm, the saying that the early bird gets the worm really holds true around here. The birds are out just before daylight and they can reach heights that I cannot.


I am persistent so perhaps I will find some to raise before butterfly season subsides for the year. I just hope the neighbors that can see into the yard don't think I'm too crazy while I stand on a step ladder as I search through the willow tree. Technically, they all know I raise butterflies so I'm sure most of them will understand. And since everyone seems to be working from home, I rarely go outside in my gown these days.


Have a terrific Tuesday and happy snapping.


This viceroy caterpillar looks very bizarre and could be the sinister star in a science fiction flick. Out in nature it looks a lot like a bird dropping left on a leaf so most birds are likely to leave it alone. Here at Hayden Prairie you can find viceroy caterpillars feeding on prairie and meadow willow shrub leaves or quaking aspen tree leaves.

Milkweed and morning sunshine for this Viceroy Butterfly during my hike through the Hendrie Valley Sanctuary (RBG), Burlington, Ontario.

(Limenitis archippus)

If I didn't know better I'd say this viceroy is undergoing evolutionary change to look even more like a monarch by making those distinguishing black lines on its hind wings disappear!

(Limenitis archippus)

Downsview Park, Toronto

Viceroy butterfly

There was so much neat nature stuff to see today that I had to add this look at a viceroy egg. I was hiking at Chipera Prairie this evening and saw a viceroy butterfly land on the end of this meadow willow leaf. A couple seconds later she repeated the process on a second leaf before flying away. Knowing willow leaves are a favorite food for viceroy caterpillars, I suspected she may have been laying eggs and lo and behold here is what I found. This viceroy egg is no larger than a pinhead but if you look up close its shell is covered with elaborate decorations.

Limenitis archippus

Downsview Park, Toronto

It was a slow morning on the trails at Meaher State Park yesterday, and suddenly this lovely Viceroy zoomed right by my head from behind (almost collided with me!) and I immediately lost sight of it! I searched at great length along both sides of the trail and the increasing heat was nudging me to give up and head out...then it landed right in front of me! 😊

After being unsuccessful in getting an open wing shot of the Viceroy I posted the other day, I was granted this chance yesterday by a more accommodating Viceroy, as it and I both struggled with the muggy, steamy, thick humidity in the morning air! We're back to a daily heat index of 100°+ here...

...perched on Jewelweed.


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For some reason, Meaher State Park always has far more Viceroy butterflies than anywhere else in the area...this was one of several there yesterday!

Caught a glimpse of this Viceroy taking an early morning break. Overall, I only saw a few there. This species is sometimes misidentified as being a Monarch. Wakulla County, FL.

A Viceroy taken at J.J. Biello Park, Woodstock, Georgia, USA on the 3rd August 2018.


Thanks to Lacey for correcting the ID!

Giving everyone a break from caterpillars

This brilliant orange Monarch mimic butterfly sure knows how to light up the swamp even with its smaller than Monarch frame!

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