V is for Viceroy Butterfly

viceroy-butterfly

The Viceroy is commonly supposed to have no objectionable taste when eaten by birds, but it so closely resmbles the Monarch in its color pattern and its habits of flight that it has been assumed that birds would not touch it because of its resemblance to the distasteful butterfly.

The text is from the book Butterflies Worth Knowing, by Clarence M. Weed, (1917). Click here to read it online or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge, 2013

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