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Hi Robert, this is infact a monarch. The key identifying characteristic between monarchs and queens is not white dots on the outside band. Queens are smaller butterflies with a darker color orange. The black vein markings on the hindwing are bordered by white. Also on the ventral view of the forewing, queens have much less black, and in some cases nearly no black patterning except on the edges of the wings.