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Danaus chrysippus


The Danaus chrysippus is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8 centimetres (2.8–3.1 in). The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny, the upperside 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 2,700 m. It is primarily a butterfly of open country and gardens and is least common in damp, forested, hilly regions. It is a somewhat migratory species.

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Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Πελοποννήσου, Δυτικής Ελλάδας και Ιονίου, Greece

Spotted on Sep 20, 2016
Submitted on Dec 28, 2016

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