Yesterday morning, Blanco Middle School teacher Pam Meier and her ecology class walked over from campus to visit our Wildscape. One student asked about the difference between monarchs and viceroys. I said I wasn't sure, but I thought that we didn't have any viceroys.
Just to double check, I took a lot of photos a while ago so I could find out. The answer is....no, we have no viceroys, just lots of beautiful monarchs and queens, too.
How do I know? The viceroy can be identified by a black line across its hind wings, which monarch butterflies do not have. The viceroy is also a bit smaller than the monarch. See comparison photos below on the National Wildlife Federation's blog.
|Now here are my photos....monarchs (female left)|
|Monarchs (male, right, with black scent spots on hind wings)|
|Monarch (sulphur nectaring below)|
|Queen, male (with black scent spots)|