|Scientific Name||Danaus eresimus|
|Distribution||open, subtropical habitats|
|Size||2½ to 3½ inches|
|Alternative Names||Tropical Queen|
The Soldier may be found in a variety of open, subtropical habitats such as citrus groves, weedy water edges where host plants occur, dry fields, etc. and in New Mexico.
This butterfly my be encountered from February to December in southern Florida (it is most common in October to December), and from August to January in southern Texas
Males patrol for females. The eggs are bright orange. The black larva is banded with white and yellow stripes. It has a subdorsal row of yellowish-tan spots. There are six black, fleshy filaments, the first pair near the head, the second on the thorax, and the third at the end of the abdomen.The chrysalis is very similar to that of the Monarch, often indistinguishable. It has 3 or more broods per year.
The Monarch is more orange, has heavier black-lined veins, and the underside of the wings is a pale yellowish color.
The Queen has nearly no black marked veins, and has white fore wing submarginal spots on both surfaces of the wings.
| Known species
Danaus affinis - Danaus chrysippus - Danaus cleophile - Danaus dorippus - Danaus eresimus - Danaus erippus - Danaus genutia - Danaus gilippus - Danaus ismare - Danaus melanippus- Danaus petilia - Danaus plexippus -