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!
Species Gallery (click to enlarge)