Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
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Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)

General: Queen Butterflies (Danaus gilippus) are medium-sized butterflies recognized by their dark brown-orange wings with black borders and white spots. The wing veins on the upper surface of the forewing are orange (not black). On the undersurface, the veins are black, bordered by white. The body is black with white spots anteriorly and orange distally.

Taxonomy: Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae); Subfamily: Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae).

Comments: Similar to Monarch Butterflies and other milkweed butterflies, the larva of Queens feed on milkweeds and consume chemicals that make them unpalatable to predators such as flycatchers and other birds.

Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Note the white border on the black veins on the underside of the hindwing. On the dorsal surface, the veins are unmarked, a characteristic useful for separating Queen Butterflies from the similar Soldier Butterflies (Danaus eresimus).
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus) Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Scat
Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Caterpillar hiking under a milkweed leaf

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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