Wingspan: 2 1/2 to 3 3/8 inches
Like the Monarch, the Viceroy is orange with black veining. Viceroys are smaller, with a black band crossing the lower hind wings.
In flight, the Viceroy's wing beat appears weak and when sailing, its wings have a flat appearance.
Look for the Viceroy in moist shrubby areas and along waterways.
Broods emerging early in the year may feed on dung or decaying fungi. When more flowers are available, they nectar on joe-pye weed or goldenrod.
Host plants of the Viceroy caterpillars are trees and shrubs of the willow and poplar family (Salicaceae).