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

Also known as the Eastern Viceroy Butterfly

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!!