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 Life Cycle Stages and Times
|Egg stage||4 to 6 days|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||2 to 3 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||5 to 15 days (except for overwintering pupae)|
|Adult butterfly stage||1 to 3 months|
Queen Butterfly ... dorsal view
Queen Butterfly - ventral view
Queen Butterfly at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona (Staff photo)
Queen Butterfly Caterpillar ... it has similar coloration to a Monarch caterpilar, but has three sets of fleshy filaments, one on each end, and one towards the middle
Queen Butterfly caterpillar
Is It a Queen, Monarch or Black Swallowtail Caterpillar?
The caterpillars of the Queen, Monarch and Black Swallowtail all feature white, yellow and black markings. But which one are you seeing? Check the images below for the differences between the three caterpillars.
Side-by-side comparison of Monarch Butterfly Look-Alikes: Queen, Viceroy and Soldier
Shown below is a spotting guide to butterflies that are similar in coloration and markings to the Monarch. Included are the Viceroy, Queen and Soldier ... the "Royal Court of Butterflies" !