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Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Danaus (DAN-ay-us) (Info)
Species: gilippus


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Miami Beach, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Wauchula, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Helotes, Texas
Houston, Texas
Keller, Texas
Los Fresnos, Texas
Marble Falls, Texas
Portland, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2016, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

This was one of many types of butterflies my spouse and I saw a few years ago at an enclosed butterfly attraction at the Living Desert Gardens and Zoo in Palm Desert, CA.

They were very graceful fliers.


On Jun 22, 2007, catbird8 from Houston, TX wrote:

We spotted the Queen larva on one of our milkweeds and raised it to adult, then released. Otherwise we may have missed seeing this beauty. For Monarch watchers, look for a larva with an additional pair of antennae in the forward half of the body. That will be a Queen.


On Jul 24, 2006, okus from (Zone 8b) wrote:

Large Deep fox-brown above and below with black margins and finely lined black veins. Fine white dots speckle margin.

The Monarch is larger , orange and has blacker veins. The Tropic Queen is orange brown and pale towards the outer edge. and the Viceroy has a strong black line arching across the Hind Wing.

Cannot withstand cold winters