Arizona Viceroy  (four photos)
Limenitis archippus obsoleta

Limenitis archippus obsoleta
I never thought I would see one of these again, but when I was visiting St. George
in 2017, one of these showed up. They are gorgeous.  Carol Davis 6-30-2017

Arizona viceroy
Tonaquint Nature Park in St. George has a wonderful array of insects
 if you can stand the heat.  My first sighting of this species was in 2009
in the very same place (see below).  Carol Davis 6-30-2017

arizona viceroy

I was standing on the deck near the pond in Tonaquint Nature Park in St. George, Utah,
deciding where to go next to find insects when this beautiful butterfly came wafting in
and landed flat as a pancake in a bush about five feet from me. I took this photo
and then took the one below after it lowered its wings. Carol Davis 10-5-2009
limentis archippus obsoleta
I had no idea what this butterfly was and when I got home it took me about an hour to find out
what butterfly had white spots on all four parts of the wings.  Butterflies through Binoculars
had the answer -- a Southwestern subspecies of the Viceroy.  It took me a while longer to find out
 the scientific name of this subspecies.  I was very fortunate to be in the right place at the right
time to photograph this gorgeous insect. Carol Davis 10-5-2009

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