Trip to Tommy Thompson Park: Viceroy Butterflies

This Monarch-like butterfly was everywhere at Tommy Thompson park today. Seem even seemed to pose, so I ended up having lots of shots to work with.

After checking things out online I am convinced that these are Viceroys as opposed to Monarchs: they were all smaller than is usual for a Monarch, and Viceroys have a distinct black line pattern that connects up the orange sections at the bottom of the wing (best illustrated here) that Monarchs do not have. They are also smaller, and it seems like their antennae are slightly different (Monarchs have “bobbles” at the end of theirs, Viceroys do not), and while I couldn’t find any web site that gave me a good view of their body, I think the Viceroys are slightly different there too, having white line markings as opposed to dots. (Hmm, I should really put together a page on that subject — I have the pics after all).

Speaking of pics, here a selection of the better ones I took:

Viceroy Butterfly on a Small Purple Flower 1

Viceroy Butterfly on a Small Purple Flower 1

Viceroy Butterfly on a Small Purple Flower 2

Viceroy Butterfly on a Small Purple Flower 2

Viceroy Butterfly on Queen Anne's Lace Flower

Viceroy Butterfly on Queen Anne's Lace Flower

Viceroy Butterfly on a Yellow Flower

Viceroy Butterfly on a Yellow Flower

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