Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Queen Butterfly

Another butterfly we listed at the National Butterfly Center was the Queen. Usually found in Mexico, Central and South America, and the southwestern United States, as well as coastal areas of the southeast, Queens do occasionally stray northward, even to Minnesota. They look a bit like Monarchs. Queens may be migratory like Monarchs, but their movements are not well understood. Like Monarchs, Queens seek out milkweeds. They require alkoloids in the milkweeds for breeding (Kaufman 2003), chemicals which also make them distasteful to many predators.

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