Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-family : Danainae
Genus : Danaus Kluk, 1802
Species : chrysippus Linnaeus, 1758
Wingspan : 70-80mm
Location : Divulapitiya, Sri Lanka
Camera : Nikon D3100,18-55mm
Plain tiger or African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus) butterfly is a member of subfamily Danainae (Milkweed butterflies) of family Nymphalidae. It is a common and widespread butterfly in Asia and Africa. Similar to Monarch Butterfly, the Plain Tiger is non-edible butterfly and is well protected from predators. Therefore, multiple species mimic the wing patterns of these butterflies. One such species is female Danaid Eggfly.
|Plain Tiger host plant|
|Plain Tiger male butterfly|
The Plain Tiger butterflies have different forms depending on the region with slight differences in color patterns and markings on hindwing and forewing. The head and thorax is with blackish brown base color with white spots on it. Antennae is black in color and has orange/ brown abdomen.
|Plain Tiger : Male butterfly|
The underside of wings are having lighter shades than upperside of both male and female Plain Tigers. The scent spot on underside of male butterfly is not visible in upperside.
|Plain Tiger : Resting on a leaf|
The Plain Tiger butterfly can be found in open vegetation and forest clearings. They have a undulating flight and slowly reach the destinations. After patrolling around nectar plants, it settles on perches and grass blades giving a good chance to observe closely.