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
Is It a Queen, Monarch or Black Swallowtail Caterpillar?
The caterpillars of the Queen, Monarch and Black Swallowtail all feature white, yellow and black markings. But which one are you seeing? Check the images below for the differences between the three caterpillars.