Monarchs
(Milkweeds and Mimics)
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Soldier

Soldier (Danaus eresimus) in Bandera Co., looks about half-way between Monarch and Queen, but much rarer here


Queen

Queen (Danaus gilippus)


Monarch

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)


Monarch

Monarch (ventral) (Danaus plexippus)


Monarch

Monarch (dorsal) (Danaus plexippus)


Monarch

Monarch (right) & Queen (left)
(Danaus plexippus (L) & Danaus gilippus (R))
they become distasteful as larvae from their Milkweed foodplant


Viceroy

The Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) mimics the distasteful Milkweed eaters above, and gains protection by looking similar to them.
(They may be distasteful in their own right too)

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