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Plain Tiger Butterfly

Danaus chrysippus

Description:

Wings are mostly orange with broad triangular black patch at the top ends. Series of differently sized white patches on the black edge.

Habitat:

We were driving from Bangalore to Munnar (India) and had stopped enroute for refreshments. When one of the parked cars drove away I stepped into the sun only to see this butterfly flying on its side (Second photo). I never knew butterflies could be run over by a car! I picked up the little guy and it was ALIVE! It got a good grip on my finger but could not hold on to a branch I had put it on. I left it on the ground, under a bushy plant...hopefully away from harm's way (definitely away from automobiles.)


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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Lat: 12.97, Long: 77.59

Spotted on Dec 18, 2016
Submitted on Jan 5, 2017

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