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Subspecies Limenitis archippus archippus - Viceroy

Viceroy on Bidens in riparian meadow - Limenitis archippus Viceroy - Limenitis archippus Viceroy 2 - Limenitis archippus Viceroy Butterfly, Colorado - Limenitis archippus Viceroy - Limenitis archippus Viceroy caterpillar - Limenitis archippus Viceroy - Limenitis archippus Viceroy - Limenitis archippus
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies and Skippers)
Family Nymphalidae (Brush-footed Butterflies)
Subfamily Limenitidinae (Admirals, Sisters)
Tribe Limenitidini (Admirals, Sisters and Sailors)
Genus Limenitis (Admirals & Viceroy)
Species archippus (Viceroy - Hodges#4523)
Subspecies archippus (Viceroy)
Other Common Names
Eastern Viceroy (a bit of a misnomer, since it is found west into the Rockies)
one of 5 subspecies in North America listed at All-Leps, and the only one in Canada
wingspan 53-81 mm (CBIF)
Adult: wings orange with black veins and black line crossing upper surface of hindwing
Northwest Territories to Nova Scotia, south in the west to northern states, south in the east to central Georgia
much of the information on the Viceroy species page (e.g. Habitat, Season, Food, Life Cycle) also applies to this subspecies
See Also
subspecies L. a. floridensis occurs in Florida and southern Georgia; it has darker (brownish) wings and resembles the Queen (Danaus gilippus) - see:

subspecies L. a. obsoleta occurs in Arizona, California, Utah (and perhaps adjacent states?); the black line on its hindwing is edged basally with white spots on upper and lower surfaces (see photos)
other subspecies of the Viceroy occur in the southern and western states - see species page for type specimen localities
Internet References
pinned adult image plus description, distribution, foodplants, biology, flight season, habits, remarks (CBIF)
common name reference taken from SC-NABN (The International Lepidoptera Survey, The Taxonomic Report)