Limenitis archippus

The Viceroy butterfly is part of the Admiral butterfly subfamily. The Viceroy is a mimic butterfly; it takes on the attributes of another type (the Monarch), possibly as a defense mechanism from predators.

Wing span: 2 1/2 - 3 3/8 inches (6.3 - 8.6 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Trees in the willow family (Salicaceae) including willows (Salix), and poplars and cottonwoods (Populus).

Habitat: Moist open or shrubby areas such as lake and swamp edges, willow thickets, valley bottoms, wet meadows, and roadsides.

Picture on right taken June 26, 2008.

Sightings Chart

Colored squares along the x-axis indicate weeks none of this species were seen. Example May 1 - 25 show several visits over the years with no sightings of the Viceroy.
Chart Accuracy Self Rating: Very high.


TaxonomyViceroy -Limenitis archippus   Hodges#4523
Kingdom: Animalia Animals
Phylum: Arthropoda Arthropods
Superclass: Hexapoda Hexapods
Class: Insecta Insects
Subclass: Pterygota Winged Insects
    Order: Lepidoptera Butterflies and Moths
      Superfamily:  Papilionoidea
          Family:   Nymphalidae    Brushfooted
            Subfamily:    Limenitidinae     Admiral
               Tribe:      Limenitidini
                   Genus:       Limenitis
                      Specie:           archippus