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Monarch vs. Viceroy

Posted on by Tim Livingstone

Also wanted to send a quick update on the butterfly photo from last week.  Unfortunately that picture is of a Viceroy butterfly not a Monarch.  It looks a lot like a Monarch and uses this to it's advantage.  Monarch's taste bad due to the fact that they live on milkweed.  The Viceroy does not taste bad but since it looks like a Monarch many of its would be predators don't eat it either.  

I've included a picture from the internet which shows the difference between the two.  We would be eager to hear if people are seeing Monarch's in the area.

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