Arthropod study outside.🦋📝🌿 A monarch mimic, the viceroy butterfly. Unlike the monarch, a viceroy has a postmedian black line crossing the hindwing. Also, viceroys do not migrate. Though broken, it's still beautiful! 🦋
I chased this across a field thinking it was a Monarch...until I got close and saw it was a Viceroy that tricked me with it's mimicry. Some ways to tell them apart is the Viceroy's body isn't spotted as much, shape of wings is different and smaller, and Viceroy has black stripe across center of bottom wings #viceroybutterfly#monarchmimic
5 541 June, 2018
A very tattered viceroy butterfly (Limenitis archippus) greeted me as I was about to walk through the zoo gates to work yesterday morning. Viceroy are Müellerian mimics of monarch butterflies. Like monarchs, they are distasteful to predators. They differ from true monarchs in their wing vein pattern and are overall smaller in size. #viceroy#viceroybutterfly#monarchmimic#butterfliesofinstagram#monarch#urbanwildlife
A viceroy was visiting the curly willow in the front yard. Willows are one of their host plants so I wondered if it had been laying eggs. There are so many tiny leaves though it would be quite the project to check them all! I'll have to keep a lookout for caterpillars. They camouflage themselves as bird poop so it might be just as challenging!
I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as beer before, a stone on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better. -Mary Oliver Photo creds to @thecolorgreene14 and shout out to @ellenmmarion