Queen Butterfly

The Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) is just slightly smaller than the Monarch. The Queen is an orange-brown color with white spots and black borders. It has similar colorations to the Soldier and Viceroy butterflies.

Size: 3.0" - 3.5"

Host plants: milkweed species
Nectar plants: Butterfly Bush, Lantana, Zinnia

Queen Butterfly ... wings open
Queen Butterfly ... wings open

Queen Butterfly feeding on milkweed in East Texas
Queen Butterfly feeding on milkweed

Queen Butterfly at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Queen Butterfly at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona