This orange and black beauty is very similar to the Monarch butterfly but the black lines across the hind wings are a sure way to tell the difference. In Florida, where Queen butterflies are more prevalent, Viceroys are even a darker shade of orange, almost brown. Although it is known that the Monarchs and Queens are distasteful to predators, it is now thought that the Viceroy may be distasteful as well. Some scientists question which butterflies mimic which butterflies, it may be a question that may never be answered but how exciting it is to watch these miracles in your gardens.
Family: Brush-footed Butterfly (Nymphalidae)
Subfamily: Admiral and Relative (Limenitidinae)
Average Wingspan: 2 1/2" - 3 3/8"
Habitat: Meadows, fields, lakes, swamps
* May not be available for purchase at your local nursery.
Note: Always check a plant's Hardiness Zone to make sure it will grow in your area. (What Is My Hardiness Zone?)
Open wing - Fred Miller
Closed wing - Fred Miller