Queen Butterfly
Danaus gilippus

f22 @ 1/500s, ISO:1600, Nikon D3S w 105mm macro

"Queen Butterfly," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The queen butterfly is a North and South American butterfly in the family Nymphalidae with a wingspan of 80–85 mm (3+1⁄8–3+3⁄8 in). It is orange or brown with black wing borders and small white forewing spots on its dorsal wing surface, and reddish ventral wing surface fairly similar to the dorsal surface. The ventral hindwings have black veins and small white spots in a black border. The queen is chiefly a tropical species. In the US, it is usually confined to the southern portion of the country. It can be found regularly in peninsular Florida and southern Georgia, as well as in the southern portions of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Laguna Seca Ranch, Edinburg, Texas