Attributes of Limenitis archippus

Viceroy
Limenitis archippus (Cramer, 1776)

Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Limenitidinae
Identification: Upperside is orange and black, resembling the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), except the Viceroy has a black line across the hindwing and a single row of white dots in the black marginal band. Where Monarchs are rare in Florida, Georgia, and the Southwest, Viceroys are brown instead of orange and mimic the Queen (Danaus gilippus).
Wing Span: 2 1/2 - 3 3/8 inches (6.3 - 8.6 cm).
Life History: During most of the day, males perch on vegetation or patrol around the host plants to find females. Females lay eggs at the tip of host plant leaves, depositing only two or three eggs on a plant before moving to another. Caterpillars eat their eggshells after they hatch, then at night feed on catkins and leaves. Young caterpillars make a ball of leaf bits, dung, and silk which hangs off the leaf on which they are feeding; the dangling mass may distract predators. Third-stage caterpillars make a shelter from a rolled leaf tip in which to spend the winter. The Viceroy is a Mullerian mimic of the Monarch, and it is also distasteful.
Flight: Two to three broods from May-September in most of its range, all year in Florida.
Caterpillar Hosts: Trees in the willow family (Salicaceae) including willows (Salix), and poplars and cottonwoods (Populus).
Adult Food: Early in the season when few flowers are available Viceroys feed on aphid honeydew, carrion, dung, and decaying fungi. Later generations feed more often at flowers, favoring composites including aster, goldenrod, joe-pye weed, shepherd's needle, and Canada thistle.
Habitat: Moist open or shrubby areas such as lake and swamp edges, willow thickets, valley bottoms, wet meadows, and roadsides.
Range: Northwest Territories south along the eastern edges of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountains to central Mexico, east through all the eastern United States.
Conservation: The Obsolete Viceroy (subspecies obsoleta) has lost much of its habitat due to development, water impoundment, and the exotic aggressive saltcedar.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: Restore riparian habitats in the Southwest. Conserve extant habitats.
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August 03, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States November 28, 2016 Details
July 31, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States November 11, 2016 Details
November 06, 2016 Doug Bruce Van Buren County, Tennessee, United States November 08, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 24, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 13, 2016 Details
October 12, 2016 Jeff Trahan Lafayette County, Arkansas, United States October 13, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 cosmic_cat Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States October 11, 2016 Details
June 04, 2015 LibbyMegna Douglas County, Kansas, United States October 11, 2016 Details
October 07, 2016 Jeff Trahan Little River County, Arkansas, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 cosmic_cat McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States October 03, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States October 02, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States October 02, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States October 02, 2016 Details
September 15, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States October 02, 2016 Details
October 01, 2016 Mapper Johnson County, Illinois, United States October 01, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 aarongunnar Dane County, Wisconsin, United States September 25, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 11, 2016 billwx Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 25, 2016 Details
September 20, 2016 WhitterC Wagoner County, Oklahoma, United States September 23, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Anne Wills Mason County, West Virginia, United States September 18, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 margueritehamilton Ontario, Canada September 17, 2016 Details
September 16, 2016 Jeff Trahan Howard County, Arkansas, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 11, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States September 16, 2016 Details
September 04, 2016 Doug Bruce Obion County, Tennessee, United States September 12, 2016 Details
August 26, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
August 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States September 11, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Kzfisherman Newton County, Indiana, United States September 10, 2016 Details
June 04, 2015 johngor Ontario, Canada September 10, 2016 Details
September 08, 2016 gpstewart Caldwell County, Texas, United States September 09, 2016 Details
September 01, 2016 mathgeek Jackson County, Illinois, United States September 09, 2016 Details
September 07, 2016 hmclin Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States September 08, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 ButterBelle Putnam County, Tennessee, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Anne Wills Putnam County, West Virginia, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 05, 2016 Anne Wills Cabell County, West Virginia, United States September 06, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 curtis.lehman Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 04, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 chrissmith102568 Durham County, North Carolina, United States September 03, 2016 Details
August 31, 2016 AJ Trently Fayette County, Tennessee, United States September 01, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 30, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Paul Tavares Manitoba, Canada August 30, 2016 Details
August 18, 2016 crazyhorse Clay County, Missouri, United States August 27, 2016 Details
July 22, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
July 26, 2016 aarongunnar Jefferson County, Wisconsin, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 22, 2016 monikawood Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States August 24, 2016 Details
August 20, 2016 Allen Gathman Alexander County, Illinois, United States August 21, 2016 Details
August 19, 2016 philohela Lincoln County, Nevada, United States August 19, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 elegrand Putnam County, Tennessee, United States August 15, 2016 Details
August 03, 2016 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States August 11, 2016 Details