Viceroy Butterfly

This specie is very much similar to Monarch Butterfly. There are not many differences between them. Like them, it is also specie which are found in abundance in Northern part of America. It is also found in some parts of Canada and Mexico. The eastern most range extends from gulf coasts from North America into Texas. In the year of 1990, it got the prestigious status of the state butterfly in the state of Kentucky. Like Monarch, its wings are orange and black and the wingspan is between from 53mm to 81mm and smaller than monarch specie. The caterpillar gets its nutrition from trees belonging to Willow family. Its main weapon against the predators is the salicylic acid their bodies generate because this acid upsets the predator’s body when consumed and not only that they resemble like bird droppings when they are in the chrysalis stage. They can be seen in late mornings and early afternoons because the adults fly about only during that time. Its main predators are the birds. To protect themselves, they do the Batesian mimicry which showing itself as something which is not worth predation. They mimic monarch in north and queen in south. This mimicry projects them as something which is toxic and poisonous. There is another quality in this specie of butterfly, that is, polymorphism. This particular quality shows the geographic variation. Color polymorphism happens when the specie the butterflies display different colors, for example, it shows lighter shade in Georgia and darker shade in Florida.

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