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Limenitis archippus


The wing span of the adult ranges from 2 1/2 to 3 3/8 inches (6.3 to 8.6 cm). The viceroy is a very distinct butterfly for its genus, but can be confused with monarchs, queens, and soldiers, which it mimics in different parts of its range. Viceroy forms occasional natural hybrids with the red spotted purple, Limenitis astyanax. Immature stages of the latter species are very similar to these of the viceroy.


The species is found east of the U.S. Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges to Central Mexico and Florida in the south with stray specimens found in Cuba

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Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 15, 2020
Submitted on Jun 16, 2020

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