Viceroy Butterfly Coloration and Size
The Viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) is nearly identical to the Monarch butterfly. It has orange-brown wings with dark black veins. A black line across the hindwing distinguishes it from the Monarch.
Its wingspan is in the 2.6" - 3.0" range.
Distribution and Habitat
It can be found over a wide geographical area, from southern Canada to central Mexico.
Host Plants Used by the Viceroy Butterfly
Host plants include cottonwoods, willows, aspen, cherry, apple, and plum.
Viceroy Butterfly Life Cycle Stages and Times
|Egg stage||4 to 9 days|
|Caterpillar (larval) stage||3 to 4 weeks|
|Chrysalis (pupal) stage||7 to 14 days (except for overwintering pupae)|
|Adult butterfly stage||6 to 14 days|
Photos of Viceroy Butterflies
Viceroy Butterfly ... wings closed
Photo by and courtesy of Alan Schmierer
Similar to the Viceroy ... the Monarch Butterfly