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African Monarchs Mating

Danaus chrysippus


Such a joy to watch these mating monarchs in our garden today! "This beautifully bright butterfly has captivated humankind’s attention since it was first depicted in an Egyptian tomb 3,500 years ago, making it the first ever butterfly to be recorded in history. Its striking tawny-orange colouration serves as a warning to predators that this species is distasteful, which ultimately deters predators from attacking."


spotted in a cultivated desert permaculture garden; nearby are milkweed plants that the larvae of this butterfly eat


aka Plain Tiger

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دهب, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Lat: 28.49, Long: 34.51

Spotted on Jan 12, 2018
Submitted on Jan 12, 2018

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