Highly recognized throughout the continent, the Viceroy is a hallmark in a proud regal family.
A classic butterfly, the decorated Viceroy is often seen in coloring books, on plates and pottery, and stamped on notecards. It is orange with bold black borders and lines on the wings. White dots form two rows at the bottom edges of the wings. Near the tips of the forewings is a black patch that showcases two bright white spots and a third one closer to the tip. An obvious black line curves across the hindwings. The body is black. The coloring of the Viceroy closely mimics the foul-tasting Monarch butterfly, offering the Viceroy a chance to avoid wary predators.
Caterpillars have just about every oddity one can think of when describing a caterpillar. They have humps, bumps, antennae, and can bend at right angles. In general, they look like bird poop; the brown and white kind, or the green and white kind. Short bristles poke out of small bumps on the body and two black antennae look like they are covered in spikes or prickles. They feed on apple, aspen, cherry, cottonwood, poplar, and willow tree leaves.
Look for adults on wing from late spring through mid-autumn in temperate areas, but they are see year-round in warmer parts of Florida and Mexico. They are fond of wet areas like the lakeside, marshes and swamps, as well as meadows, thickets and valleys.
Scientific Name: Limenitis archippus
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 53mm to 86mm (2.07in to 3.35in)
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.