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The Queen butterfly is one of the Milkweed butterflies. The females lay their eggs on herbs and vines in the Milkweed family and the resultant caterpillars feed on the flowers, leaves and stems of these plants. These butterflies are found in the southern part of the United States and southward through Central America and the northern part of South America. They are found throughout all of Florida. They can be observed in open habitats such as grasslands, sandhills, wet prairies, roadsides, utility corridors and weedlots.
These butterflies are medium to large in size, having a wingspan of 3-
The photos on this page were taken in the following Florida counties: Brevard, Charlotte, Hendry, Manatee, and Sarasota.