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Danaus glippus strigosus
The Mexican Queen is very similar to the Queen butterfly (D. g. berenice). Wingspan 3 1/8"-3 3/8" (80-85 mm). Wings dark reddish brown; fore wings have white spots near tip; fore and hind wings have smaller white or light brown spots in dark brown marginal bands. Each hind wing of male has black scent pocket. The Mexican Queen, same size, has veins on its hind wings that are narrowly edged with grayish white. Source: National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders, Milne & Milne
Meadows and roadsides
The range of the Mexican Queen is the southwest, including: Mexico to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The Queen (not pictured here) resides mainly in the southeast and midwest ranging from Georgia and Florida to Kansas. Both fly throughout the year where weather allows.