Viceroy

Limenitis archippus

The Viceroy is a mimic of the Monarch and can easily be confused with it, especially in flight. The Viceroy is smaller, is found along wetland areas where its host plants, willows, are found, and has a dark postmedian line on the hindwing that can be seen from above or below. This butterfly, like the Monarch, is also found commonly throughout Wisconsin.

Weekly sightings for Viceroy

Identifying characteristics

Essentially the same above and below the Viceroy is an orange butterfly with heavy black veins, including one through the middle of the hind wings, and has white spots in the black margins of the wings.

Similar species

The Monarch is similar but is larger and lacks the dark postmedian line that is found in the hindwing of the Viceroy.

Habitat

Wetland areas, especially along streams, where willows, its host plants are found.

Flight

Two broods. Late May through July and then late July into September.

Abundance

Although it is common throughout the state, this butterfly is not usually seen in large numbers

Late Viceroy Sightings

Date County Reported by
Oct 5, 2011 Marquette Dan Sonnenberg
Oct 5, 2002 Waushara Mike Reese
Oct 5, 2010 Burnett Esjay and K. Java
Oct 6, 2010 Milwaukee Judith Huf
Oct 10, 2011 Dane Tod Highsmith

Locations

Map showing sighting locations for Viceroy
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Northeast of West Bloomfield, Waushara Co., WI, July 23, 2005.

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Northeast of West Bloomfield, Waushara Co., WI, July 23, 2005.