Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!

Also known as the Eastern Viceroy Butterfly

 *Viceroy butterflies have bright orange and black colors and look almost identical to the monarch butterfly. The Viceroy butterfly benefits from looking like a monarch butterfly. (Batesan mimicry) Many predators avoid eating monarchs because of the milkweed that they eat as caterpillars which makes them poisonous to these predators. Because viceroys are mistaken for monarchs, they can escape the appetites of these predators as well.           

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Avg. Wingspan: 53 - 81 mm / 2.1 - 3.2 "

Diet: caterpillars feed on the leaves of willow and poplar trees. 

Diet: adults eat carrion, dung, fungi and the nectar of flowers from the  Asteraceae family, such as golden rod, asters and thistles.

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta, Order: Lepidoptera

* The Viceroy is the official state butterfly of Kentucky.

The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!