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Viceroy caterpillars in their early instars construct hibernacula so they can hide in them until springtime
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How to know if he is a king
This Redditor makes use of this camouflage as well
Spicebush swallowtail caterpillars do the same and it doesn't work?
It definitely works, I guess
An adult camouflages itself as a monarch butterfly
It was originally believed that the Viceroy's markings, which closely resemble those of the dangerous Monarch butterfly, were a defense mechanism against predators. As a result of the two butterflies being equally harmful, protection against birds is now mutually increased.
With the exception of a black horizontal stripe running along the bottom of its back wings, adult Viceroys mimic the color pattern of the Monarch pattern. Its wings' undersides resemble their tops, whereas the Monarch's are much lighter.
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Evolution never accounted for this Redditor
This is definitely the ultimate camouflage
As a Viceroy, you definitely have to go through some sh*t
It's the compliment for me
Viceroy butterflies are camouflaged to look similar to monarch butterflies which are poisonous
Look for willow, aspen, and poplar trees in meadows and around the exposed edges of wet regions if you want to see viceroys. Your chances of discovering a viceroy will rise if you come across plants that are smaller and different from other species of the same kind.
A hibernaculum that has been abandoned or the top of a leaf might contain one as well.