Queen Butterfly
Danaus gilippus

Photo courtesy Curtis Miyasaka, Alabama
Copyright (c) 2008 CM

Photo courtesy Sandy Hart, Florida
Copyright (c) 2008 SH

Identification: Cramer, Smithsonian Handbooks, Butterflies and Moths (David Carter, editor). The butterfly is dark orange-brown, with black borders and white spots. The underside is paler, and the hindwings have more prominent black veining. The caterpillar is pale bluish-gray, with transverse black rings, and bands spotted with reddish-orange. The caterpillar host plant is milkweed.

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