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Soldier Butterfly

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 ... dorsal view
Soldier Butterfly

Soldier Butterfly ... ventral view
Soldier Butterfly ... wings closed
Photos by and courtesy of Alan Schmierer

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