Photo: Viceroy butterfly

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Danaus plexippus

credit: Scott Heron

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Today’s photo is a Viceroy butterfly, in honor of Pollinator Week (June 16 - 22).

The Viceroy butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is native to North America, and is commonly found along the Sierra Nevada mountains and Cascade range, as well as into central Mexico. Although their coloring is similar to that of the Monarch butterfly, the Viceroy is smaller in size and has a distinctive dark band that crosses the lower part of its wings.

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