Queen (Danaus gilippus)
This queen loves to show off in open sunny areas where all can see. At a quick glance, it resembles a Monarch but with a closer eye you will see that the Queen is darker orange/brown and the veins are only black on the underside of the hind wings. These butterflies are also different from their close relatives, the Monarch, by not migrating. Queens usually stay in southern North America where it is warmer year round. Similar to the Monarch, males and females can be determined by the male’s pheromone producing scent gland on the hind wing. It looks like a dark spot on the wing. Queens are a royal treat to have in any southern garden.
See more photos below to help you identify the stages of the Queen life cycle.