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Queen butterfly

Danaus gilippus

Description:

Dark orange in color with black borders and black veins. The primary wings have a double row of white spots. Males have a blackish scale spot on each secondary wing. Wingspan is approximately 3 inches wide.

Habitat:

I spotted this butterfly at a botanical garden in Austin, Texas. They inhabit meadows, marshes, fields, deserts, and woodlands. These butterflies are found throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, and mostly the southern states in the United States. Host Plant: Milkweed plants

Notes:

At first I thought this was a Monarch butterfly, but after a little research I discovered this is a case of mimicry. So beautiful! FUN FACTS: 1. They are distasteful to birds. 2. There are seven subspecies. 3. Females can mate up to 15 times a day!

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Spotted on Jun 30, 2020
Submitted on Jun 30, 2020

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