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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Monarch or Viceroy?

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
The viceroy butterfly is similar but smaller than a monarch butterfly. They tend to mimic the pattern of the black and orange monarch but can be distinguished by a distinct black line across the trailing wings of the viceroy.

Viceroys do not migrate. They overwinter as 1st or 2nd instar larvae, rolled up in a leaf of their host plant (willow or poplar). In the spring, the larvae need about 15 days to complete the life cycle and become a butterfly. They must develop through the remaining instars (approximately 5 days) and the chrysalis stage (at least 10 days).

You will not see an adult viceroy until about 15 days after willow or poplar leaves have emerged.

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Related Articles:
Plants to attract butterflies http://goo.gl/jGjpRB
Lifecycle of Monarch Butterflies http://goo.gl/8dTiBz
Plant some milkweed http://goo.gl/8s6F1d
Monarch migration route http://goo.gl/L66ty

Punctuation Butterflies: The First Butterfly of Spring! http://bit.ly/JHUpG1

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