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Subspecies Limenitis archippus floridensis - Florida Viceroy

Limenitis archippus floridensis - Florida Viceroy - Limenitis archippus Florida Viceroy (Limenitis archippus floridensis) - Limenitis archippus Viceroys mating (Limenitis archippus) - Limenitis archippus - male - female butterfly - Limenitis archippus Florida Viceroy - Limenitis archippus Florida Viceroy - Limenitis archippus Florida Viceroy - Limenitis archippus - female Limenitis archippus floridensis? - Limenitis archippus
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Classification
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 floridensis (Florida Viceroy)
Identification
Adult: similar to the Eastern Viceroy (subspecies L. a. archippus) except wings are darker brownish, mimicing the distasteful Queen (Danaus gillipus) but the Queen lacks a black line across the hindwing
Range
Florida and southern Georgia
See Also
Butterflies of America. L. a. floridensis
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 and common names
Internet References
mimicry of Monarch and Queen by subspecies archippus and floridensis respectively (David Ritland, in The American Midland Naturalist, jstor.org)