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Viceroy Butterfly
Viceroy Viceroy Photos:
Avove © Kim Hosen; Pettigrew Wildlife Management Area, Caroline County, VA; May 2010
Lower left © Kim Hosen; Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Nokesville, VA; September 2009
Lower right © Kathlyn Crawford; Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, Nokesville, VA; Summer 2005

Limenitis archippus
Wingspan: 2 1/2 to 3 3/8 inches

Like the Monarch, the Viceroy is orange with black veining. Viceroys are smaller, with a black band crossing the lower hind wings.

In flight, the Viceroy's wing beat appears weak and when sailing, its wings have a flat appearance.

Look for the Viceroy in moist shrubby areas and along waterways.

Broods emerging early in the year may feed on dung or decaying fungi. When more flowers are available, they nectar on joe-pye weed or goldenrod.

Host plants of the Viceroy caterpillars are trees and shrubs of the willow and poplar family (Salicaceae).