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African Monarch

Danaus chrysippus


Medium seized with a wing-span of 7-8cm. Black front body with many white spots. The wings are tawny the upper side being brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the fore wing is black with a white band. The hind wing has 3 black spots around the center. The hind wing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots. This one's a male: See the pouch on the hindwing? This spot is white with a thick black border and bulges slightly. It is a cluster of specialised scent scales used to attract females.


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NicoleB 6 years ago

Would love to see them, Ajmal :)

AjmalHasan 6 years ago

You should see the plain tiger caterpillars. Absolutely gorgeous and the primary reason whey the common name is plain tiger. You can find them feeding on the undersides of Calotropis procera plants (Sodom's apple milkweeds) from Kuwait onto UAE.... :)

NicoleB 6 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago


dreamfalcon 6 years ago

Great one!

NicoleB 6 years ago

Yes, Plain Tiger is another name for it.
Thanks, Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Very good spotting for study..Specially all Ventral views are very good..!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Plain Tiger...Male..!!

NicoleB 6 years ago

Thank you! Maybe I'm the butterfly whisperer ;-)

Dangermouse 6 years ago

Beautiful! I love it when animals, and butterflies in particular, keep still long enough for a series of photos. :) I'm glad you were lucky!

NicoleB 6 years ago

Thanks, Daniele.
I was lucky that I found a little Poser :)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Great series!

شرم الشيخ, Janub Sina', Egypt

Lat: 27.88, Long: 34.31

Spotted on Jan 19, 2010
Submitted on Jul 29, 2011

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