Viceroy

Limenitis archippus
Admirals and Relatives

Appearance: Upperside orange and black similar to the Monarch, except for the post median black line across hindwing and a single row of white dots in the black marginal band. Flight is a sequence of flap-glides.

Size: Large; 2 1/2 to 3 3/8 inches

Habitat: Stream and lake edges, willow thickets, wet meadows, and wooded edges

Season: May to September

Larval Foodplant: Willows, apple, cherry, poplars, and cottonwoods

Did You Know…
Not only do Viceroys gain protection from predators by mimicking distasteful Monarchs, the grown caterpillars resemble bird droppings!

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