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Queen Butterfly

Danaus gilippus

Description:

It is orange or brown with black wing borders and small white forewing spots on its dorsal wing surface, and reddish ventral wing surface fairly similar to the dorsal surface. The ventral hindwings have black veins and small white spots in a black border. The male has a black androconial scent patch on its dorsal hindwings.

Habitat:

It uses Milkweed as its host plant. This one is feeding on the Gregg's Mistflower in the garden.

Notes:

The Queen caterpillars can easily be identified by a third pair of fleshy antenna in the middle of the caterpillar. Monarchs only have them at the head and end.

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gatorfellows
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gatorfellows

Denton, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 31, 2012
Submitted on Jun 1, 2012

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