Limenitis archippus

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Noun1.Limenitis archippus - showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smallerLimenitis archippus - showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smaller
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast
genus Limenitis, Limenitis - mainly dark northern butterflies with white wing bars
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The viceroy butterfly, a non-migratory insect native to New York, closely mimics the color and pattern of the monarch, thus tricking birds from eating it.
Similarly, the harmless viceroy butterfly looks much like the poisonous monarch.
The Viceroy butterfly protects itself by looking just like the Monarch, so its enemies think it's poisonous, even though it's not.