Queen

Danaus gilippus
Milkweed Butterflies

Appearance: Above, dark brown with white spots on the outer forewing and around the black wing margins. Below, hindwing has black veins and double row of fine white spots on black margin; forewing brown with white spots and black margin containing fine white spots.

Size: Large; 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 inches

Habitat: Any open habitat

Season: April to October

Larval Foodplant: Milkweeds

Did You Know…
Male Queens are distinguished most easily by the dark patches on the hindwing veins close to the abdomen, lacking on the female.

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