Danaus gilippus, Queen

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Danaus gilippus, Queen

Adult male and female in flight

Description: 37-43 mm. Dark brown with small white spots on forewings and a thick black outer margin on both wings. Males have a black spot on hindwing. Ventrally, the hindwing has thick black veination. Danaus eresimus is similar but lighter in color with a lighter colored band on the ventral hindwing that differentiates it from Danaus gilippus.

 

Habitat and Distribution: South Florida, Central and South America. It has been found in most of the Keys. It frequents swamps and salt marches where host plant grows. 

 

Host Plant: White vine (Sarcostemma clausum) and milkweeds (Asclepias sps.)

 

Natural History: This species is abundant in the right habitat on the Florida mainland but is rare in the Keys. It is likely a temporary colonizer. 

 

Danaus gilippus, Queen egg

Egg

Danaus gilippus, Queen larva

Final instar larva

Danaus gilippus, Queen

Adult male and female in courtship

Danaus gilippus, Queen

adult trio

Danaus gilippus, Queen

Adult female

Danaus gilippus, Queen

Adult female

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Danaus gilippus, Queen

Adult female