Queen Butterfly

The Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) is just slightly smaller than the Monarch. The Queen is an orange-brown color with white spots and black borders. It has similar colorations to the Soldier and Viceroy butterflies.

Size: 3.0" - 3.5"

Host plants: milkweed species
Nectar plants: Butterfly Bush, Lantana, Zinnia

Queen Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times

Stage Typical Duration
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

 

Queen Butterfly ... wings open
Queen Butterfly ... wings open

Queen Butterfly feeding on milkweed in East Texas
Queen Butterfly feeding on milkweed

Queen Butterfly at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Queen Butterfly at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona