Viceroy Butterfly on Queen Anne’s Lace

Viceroy Butterfly [Limenitis archippus] on Queen Anne’s Lace [Daucus carota], found off Mills Gap Road in Fletcher, North Carolina on 28 August 2013.  Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot is a member of the Carrot (Apiaceae) family.  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, pages 220-221, states it blooms in summer and fall and is a “very common weed of dry fields and waste places.”

Butterflies and Moths of North America: Limenitis archippus

USDA Plants Listing: Daucus carota

Viceroy Butterfly on Queen Anne's Lace in Fletcher, NC - 28 August 2013

Viceroy Butterfly on Queen Anne’s Lace in Fletcher, NC – 28 August 2013

Viceroy on Queen Anne's Lace (wide) - 28 August 2013

Viceroy on Queen Anne’s Lace (wide) – 28 August 2013

Viceroy Butterfly (detail) - 28 August 2013

Viceroy Butterfly (detail) – 28 August 2013