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
|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 ... ventral view
Photos by and courtesy of Alan Schmierer