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Viceroy

Limenitis archippus

Description:

A pretty impressive gathering of butterflies including 3 Viceroys, 2 Red -Spotted Purples and a Hackberry Emperor - in the lower right of pic1. A Pearl Crescent joins in in pic 3. All were attracted to and were feeding on animal dung.

Habitat:

Spotted along the Kenny Vernon Nature Trail near Grassy Lake.


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9 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

Thanks so much for your comments Toni! And yes they do look like Monarchs, but they are Viceroy butterflies. The easiest way to tell them apart is the Viceroy's postmedian black line that runs across the veins on the hindwing.(Monarchs do not have that).

Toni4
Toni4 4 months ago

It looks like a Monarch!

Toni4
Toni4 4 months ago

Wow, I like the color!

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

Thank you Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 months ago

Nice image Brian!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 months ago

You’re welcome, and I’m glad you finally found some viceroys - especially in such a spectacular scene!

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

Thank you Christine for the correction - the funny thing is I've been looking for a Viceroy for so long and not finding one, so I assumed they were Monarchs.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 months ago

Awesome capture, Brian! Those are viceroys though, not monarchs ;)

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

Thanks Greg. I was somewhat surprised when I found them - I was walking along on a birding trail in the woods and found this.

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 4 months ago

Butterfly heaven...great capture Brian!

Arkansas, USA

Lat: 34.94, Long: -92.41

Spotted on Sep 11, 2018
Submitted on Sep 20, 2018

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