Viceroys have developed protective features in every life stage. Eggs laid on willow leaves blend in with nearby leaf galls. Caterpillars, mottled brown with a saddleback design, have 2 bristles behind the head. The chrysalis looks like a bird dropping. The Viceroy Butterfly resembles the distasteful monarch and queen butterflies, species in which both the adults and the caterpillars are toxic to predators. Easy to recognize in flight, adult viceroys glide, then flap wildly, then glide.
Latin Name: Limenitis Archippus
Habitat: Pine Flatwoods, Swamp, Marsh
Diet: Larva – willow Adults – nectar