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Plain Tiger Butterfly

Danaus chrysippus


The Danaus chrysippus is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8 centimetres. The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny, the upper side brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the forewing is black with a white band. The hindwing has three black spots around the center. The hindwing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots. (


It is found in many habitats including desert (pending availability of food) and right up into the mountains at altitudes up to 9,000 feet (2,700 m). It is primarily a butterfly of open country and gardens and unlike the related Common Tiger, is least common in damp, forested, hilly regions. It is a somewhat migratory species. This butterfly is perhaps the commonest of Indian butterflies and is a familiar sight on the subcontinent. It flies from dawn to dusk, frequenting gardens, sipping from flowers and, late in the day, fluttering low over bushes to find a resting place for the night. As usual for diurnal butterflies, this species rests with its wings closed. When basking it sits close to the ground and spreads its wings with its back to the sun so that the wings are fully exposed to the sun's rays. (


Spotted at Taninim Stream, Israel

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מועצה אזורית חוף הכרמל, מחוז חיפה, Israel

Spotted on Dec 5, 2014
Submitted on Dec 5, 2014

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