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Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Viceroy

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Highly recognized throughout the continent, the orange and black Viceroy one of the most popular butterflies from a regal family.

Updated: 01/06/2022; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
A classic butterfly, the decorative 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, offering the Viceroy a chance to avoid 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, or 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 celebrated adults from late spring through mid-autumn in temperate areas, but year-round in warmer parts of Florida and Mexico. They are fond of wet places like the lakeside, marshes and swamps, as well as drier meadows, thickets and valleys.©InsectIdentification.org

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General Characteristics

Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy

Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Lepidoptera
        Family: Nymphalidae
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          Genus: Limenitis
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            Species: archippus

Identifying Information

Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Limenitis archippus
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 53mm to 86mm (2.08" to 3.38")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange; black; white
Descriptors: classic butterfly; flying

Relative Size Comparison

Typical Size Between 53mm (2.1in) and 86mm (3.4in)
Lo: 53mm
Md: 69.5mm
Hi: 86mm

Territorial Map*

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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Viceroy may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Viceroy. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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