Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Statewide in NC, this species has two to three broods and flies from Spring into Fall. Viceroys are more common in the eastern half of the state and less common in the western half.

Viceroys are not closely related to Monarchs, but they are very closely related to Red-spotted Purples, even though they superficially do not look similar.


Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) Brunswick Co., NC
26 Aug 2006

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Brunswick Co., NC
25 Aug 2007
Brunswick Co., NC
25 Aug 2007

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Viceroys differ from Monarchs by having a black line through the middle of the hindwings, and in flight they glide on flat wings while Monarchs glide with "V"-shaped wing formation.

Brunswick Co., NC
27 Aug 2005

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Hoke Co., NC
12 September 2004
same individual

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Big Cypress Preserve, Collier Co., FL
13 Feb 2014

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