The Viceroy

This is a viceroy, Limenitis archippus.  Biology classes often use it as an example of Mullerian mimicry.  In this type of mimicry, both species are distasteful to their potential predators.  It used to be used as an example of Batesian mimicry, under the assumption that the monarch was distasteful but the viceroy was not.

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Then some scientist did an experiment and decided that viceroys were distasteful, so they had to rewrite the textbooks.

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I had not seen any viceroys this year until about two or three days ago.  Since then I have seen one viceroy on several occasions.  Is it the same one or am I seeing different ones?  I am not sure.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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3 Responses to The Viceroy

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    And the quick way to tell the difference between viceroys and monarchs is . . . what?

  2. Pingback: Viceroy the Leaf | Photomiser

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