The Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) is nearly identical to the Monarch butterfly. It has orange-brown wings with dark black veins. A black line across the hind wing distinguishes it from the Monarch.
Its wingspan is in the 2.6" - 3.0" range.
It can be found over a wide geographical area, from southern Canada to central Mexico.
Host plants include cottonwoods, willows, aspen, cherry, apple, and plum.
|Egg stage||4 to 9 days|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||3 to 4 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||7 to 14 days (except for overwintering pupae)|
|Adult butterfly stage||6 to 14 days|
Viceroy Butterfly (dorsal view)
Viceroy Butterfly (ventral view)
Similar to the Viceroy ... the Monarch Butterfly
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" !