Sunday, June 14, 2009

Viceroy Butterfly

Limenitis archippus
These beautiful butterflies look much like Monarchs except they are smaller and have the horizontal black band crossing the vertical bands on their wings. They have been abundant here in New Hampshire this weekend. To me (and I know nothing about a butterfly's life cycle) they appear to be drying themselves off in the sun. You can see how this butterfly was resting in the bright sun on the sand driveway. This photo also shows how prevalent beach sand is here in this region of New Hampshire. It is everywhere and moves with you everywhere — in the house, in the laundry, in the car. You can't escape it.

Viceroy Butterfly Set

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