Soldier Butterfly (Danaus eresimus)

Soldier Butterfly Size and Characteristics

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

Size: 3.2" - 3.4"

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

Solder 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

 

Solder Butterfly Photographs

Soldier Butterfly ... wings open
Soldier Butterfly

Soldier Butterfly ... wings closed
Soldier Butterfly ... wings closed
Photo by and courtesy of Alan Schmierer