This is the Viceroy Butterfly..
It looks a lot like a Monarch. There is a black stripe on the lower wing and dots around the edge.
It is a much richer color than the Monarch or Queen.
I’ve had one come into the yard for the past few years….this year I had two….
While watering my African Blue Basil plants I spotted an odd looking thing on a willow type plant that I was going to have Jim remove….so glad I didn’t.
Weird looking little guy…kinda like a bird dropping…but it was munching away on the plant.
I’ve spotted 5 so far…
The plant is about 4’ from the front of my “pink”bee hive and I am in the bee line when looking for these little guys….that means I get bumped in the head when they are on the way in. Had one get caught in my hair a few days ago…go stung…but guess I needed my bee therapy.
I can’t wait to see what the chrysalis looks like…
I now have Queen , Zebra Long Wing , Gulf Fritillary and Viceroy caterpillars….had a few Monarchs but not many this year.