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Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) - Limenitis archippus

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) - Limenitis archippus
Myakka River State Park, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
October 11, 2005
I wait for confirmation before entering into guide.

subspecies floridensis
Moved from Viceroy to Florida Viceroy.

- I don't think there's anything else with that distinctive black line across the hind wings.
Apparently in Florida Viceroys are darker than they are further north, because they gain more benefit from resembling Queens than Monarchs.

Compare this one from Ohio - much more like the Monarch in color.

By the way, I think it's sitting on Sicklepod Senna, an excellent host for Sulphurs.

And a dark one.
Florida's Viceroys tend to be darker than elsewhere. The theory is that because the Queen, which is much darker than the Monarch, largely replaces the Monarch in southern Florida, the Viceroy in this area is likewise darker.

Great minds think alike -
you and I were composing our comments at the same time, Terry! :)

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