Viceroy Butterfly by William Brennan

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Subject: Viceroy Butterfly
Location: Lake Telemark, NJ, USA
Equipment: Nikon D3100 w/ Nikon 105mm Macro Lens

The viceroy butterfly is dark orange with black veins. A row of white spots edge its wings. Its color and pattern mimics the monarch butterfly’s pattern except for a black horizontal stripe that crosses the bottom of its back wings. The viceroy caterpillar is white and olive-brown. The viceroy and monarch were once thought to exhibit Batesian mimicry where a harmless species mimics a toxic species. Studies conducted in the early 1990’s suggest that the viceroy and the monarch are actually examples of Mullerian mimicry where two equally toxic species mimic each other to the benefit of each.
This beauty was chasing everything that flew near it today. That includes dragonflies! It was very entertaining to watch.


viceroy, butterfly, insect, mimicry

I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful, all natural capture of the pretty butterfly,,,great job.


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture William

  • CarlaSophia
    CarlaSophiaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful, great detail

  • Kymie
    Kymieabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    1 Image per 24 hrs Sept 08
    Excellent capture!

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago

    NOVEMBER – 25th, 2012
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    Thank you for being such a wonderful member of the group.

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