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Viceroy - Basilarchia archippus

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Size 2 - 3"
Egg Compressed oval egg.
Caterpillar Mottled brown with light saddle, two bristles behind head.
Host / Food Willows, Poplars, Aspens, Plum, Cherry and Apple trees.
Broods @ broods North, 3 or more broods south.
Habitat Riversides, marshes, meadows, wood edges, roadsides and lakeshores.
Range North America south of Hudson Bay, west to eastern  parts of Pacific States and from the Great Basin eastwards.

The Viceroy is a mimic butterfly. It copied the color patterns of the Monarch butterfly which birds find distasteful.

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