Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)


 
Living image of Plain Tiger with wings folded Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Africa, Asia, Australia. Africa to India, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.
 
Wingspan: 70-80 mm (2.75-3.25 in).
 
Larval host plants: Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.).
 
Habitats: Lowlands.
 
Identification: Tremendous amount of variation with color patterns. All are orange and black, and most have dark forewing tips with white spots.
 


Thumbnail of Plain Tiger specimen, dark form, dorsal view
Plain Tiger, Dark Form,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of Plain Tiger specimen, dark form, ventral view
Plain Tiger, Dark Form,
Ventral View
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Thumbnail of Plain Tiger specimen, light form, dorsal view
Plain Tiger, Light Form,
Dorsal View
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Thumbnail of Plain Tiger specimen, light form, ventral view
Plain Tiger, Light Form,
Ventral View
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