|Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)|
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Pueblo West, Colorado
Saint George, Florida
La Grange Park, Illinois
Hudson, New Hampshire
East Kingston, New York
Cherry Grove, Ohio
|Positive ||okus ||On Jul 24, 2006, okus from
(Zone 8b) wrote:
Rich Russett-Orange with Black Veins A black line usually curving across the hindwing. White spotted black borders and white spots surrounded by black in a diagnal band across Fore Wing Tip. The colour ranges from Pale Tawny in the Great Basin to Rich Mahogany in Florida.
The similar Monarch, Queen and Tropic Queen lack the black line across the Hind Wing.
|Positive ||aggscott ||On Apr 23, 2008, aggscott from Wilkes Barre, PA
(Zone 6a) wrote:
I find these little guys all over the Willow in the woods near my house..they sit usually right on the end of the leaf. Very easy to raise if you want to take them in and help them out.
|Positive ||Meredith79 ||On Mar 26, 2009, Meredith79 from Southeastern, NH
(Zone 5b) wrote:
Often confused with Monarchs at first glance. If you would like a better chance of seeing one, put out a rotten fruit tray for them. Or leave some composted cow manure where they can find it. Sounds gross but it works.
|Positive ||tabasco ||On Jun 29, 2009, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:
We see these flying through the property, but they are difficult for me to distinguish from the monarchs when they are on the move.
The notes in "Common Butterflies & Skippers of Ohio", Ohio DNR, p.46, state that "Viceroys are smaller than monarchs and have a more rapid, less buoyant flight, holding their wings flat when gliding rather than the v-shaped glide of the monarch." And generally, that is how I can tell the difference between the two. 'CB&SO' goes on to state that viceroys can often be found near stands of willows, which serve as their hosts plants here in Ohio. We have five small willows here in our yard but I have yet to find eggs on them.
Viceroys overwinter here in the larval stage.
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