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
|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 feeding on milkweed in East Texas
Queen Butterfly at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona