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Admirals (Limenitis genus, Limenitidinae subfamily, Nymphalidae family)

No, these butterflies are not close relatives of the Red Admiral, which is actually a Lady (Vanessa genus), nor are they close relatives of the Monarch (Danaus genus), which they mimic.  If you are still confused, you can at least appreciate the utility of Latin names!

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

Durham, NC, 9/14/05. Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Chapel Hill, NC, 10/16/04.  The telltale black transverse stripes are there on the other side, too.

Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis)

Red-spotted Purples are actually members of one of two subspecies, the other being the White Admiral, which is found in the Northeast.  See more pictures of Red-spotted Purples.

This Red-Spotted Purple appeared at Occoneechee Mountain, Orange County, NC, on 9/4/04. Ventral view, Durham, 7/15/05.