Viceroy

Viceroy

Limenitis archippus

The Viceroy mimics the monarch but is more closely related to the Red-Spotted Purple and other Admirals. It is found almost everywhere in Texas and frequents woodland edges. It’s bright orange often pops against the green leaves it rests upon.

The black band on its hindwing sets it apart from the Monarch. There are also differences in the white markings on the forewing. In areas where Queens outnumber Monarchs, the black bands will appear lighter in an attempt to mimic the Queen.

Queens and Monachs are more elegant fliers, gliding through the air with their wings in a V shape. The Viceroy on the other hand has a strong flap-glide pattern with wings flatter than those of the butterflies it mimics.

Similar Species: Monarch, Queen, Soldier

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