Soldier Butterfly Size and Characteristics
The Soldier butterfly (Danaus eresimus), also known as the Tropical Queen, is just slightly smaller than the Monarch. The Soldier is an orange-brown color with white spots and black borders. It has similar colorations to the Queen and Viceroy butterflies.
Size: 3.2" - 3.4"
Host plants: milkweed species
Nectar plants: Butterfly Bush, Lantana, Zinnia
Soldier 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|
Soldier Butterfly Photographs
Soldier Butterfly (dorsal view)
Soldier Butterfly (ventral view)
Photos by and courtesy of Alan Schmierer
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" !