Species Page: Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)


Limenitis archippus (Cramer, 1775)

Family: Nymphalidae

Status: Occasional local resident

NENHP Rank: Not listed

Range: The Viceroy is found in the southern half of Canada and most of the United States with the exception of the extreme west and southwest where it is absent or present in isolated local colonies. It is found throughout Nebraska.

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

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

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

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

Avg. Wingspan: 2 1/2 – 3 3/8 inches

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Similar Species: Monarch and Queen