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Viceroys (Limenitis archippus)

This butterfly looks even more like the Monarch than the Queen, but it's in the Admirals (Limenitidinae) sub-family.  Unlike the Monarch, it's seen regularly through the summer here in North Carolina.

Durham, 10/21/03.  Looks a lot like the Monarch, but the Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) has black transverse stripes on its hind wings. Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, NC, 10/16/04.  The telltale black transverse stripes are there on the other side, too. Durham, 6/27/05.  Found at edge of pond. Durham, 10/21/03. Durham, 7/16/05.  Found at edge of swamp opening and closing its wings. Mason Farm Biological Reserve, 8/24/05.  Taken by Karl Gottschalk. Durham, NC, 9/14/05.

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