Queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus)

The queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) is an American butterfly with a wingspan of 80–85 mm (3.1–3.3 in).

It can be found in open terrain, in meadows, fields, and swamps. The queen prefers open woods, fields, and desert.

The butterfly feeds predominantly on flower nectar and dead foliage, but may also feed on rotten fruit, sweat, and dry or wet dung, among other substances.


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