Limenitis archippus (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional statewide

NENHP Ranking: Not listed

Broods/Flight Times: Double brooded with flights peaking in mid-June and mid-August.

Larval Hostplant(s): Willows (Salix sp) and Cottonwoods (Populus sp)

Habitat: Found primarily in riparian areas in association with their hostplants.

Overwintering: They overwinter as small larvae inside the remnants of a rolled up leaf they attach to the hostplant with silk.

Similar Species: Monarchs

Viceroy, Niobrara Valley Preserve, J. Nikkila

Notes: This species mimics Monarch butterflies which are distasteful. Larvae resemble bird droppings.

Specimen photo…
Specimen photo…

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