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Danaus genutia


(From Wikipedia), A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly's life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult. Most species are diurnal. These are scientific classification of butterfly. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Lepidoptera Taxonomy: Adult butterflies have four wings: a forewing and hindwing on both the left and the right side of the body. The body is divided into three segments: the head, thorax, and the abdomen. They have two antennae, two compound eyes, and a proboscis. For Danaus genutia or common Tiger, the butterfly closely resembles the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the Americas. The wingspan is 75 to 95 mm. Both sexes of the butterfly have tawny wings with veins marked with broad black bands. The female has a pouch on the hindwing. The margins of the wings are black with two rows of white spots. The underside of the wings resembles the upperside but is paler in colouration. The male Common Tiger has a prominent black-and-white spot on the underside of the hindwing


There are between 15,000 and 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide. Butterflies are widely found in many countries. For Danaus genutia, they are distributed throughout India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and extending to South East Asia and Australia. Butterflies feed primarily on nectar from flowers. Some also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung, decaying flesh, and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt.


I found it at near my house, Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand

1 Species ID Suggestions

Atul 11 years ago
Striped Tiger
Danaus genutia Danaus genutia

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Yong Cheevitsopon
Yong Cheevitsopon 11 years ago

Thank you everybody, For Danaus genutia or common Tiger, the butterfly closely resembles the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the Americas

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Yong.. please update ID as Striped Tiger butterfly... what is accurately suggested by Atul. This is Male of this specie.

BioAlex 11 years ago

@DanielePralong: Doh! Indeed, you are correct. My mistake, and my apologies. The pattern of spots on the body threw me off. ^^;;

Could it be Danaus genutia?

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Hi BioAlex! Acraea violae does not have dark veins as the butterfly shown here.

BioAlex 11 years ago

Actually, based on the body spots and wing coloration, I'm pretty sure that this is Acreae violiae. It would be easier to say for certain if the face were visible.

This species IS native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Did you take the picture at a butterfly farm/exhibit? This species is not native to Thailand.

Yong Cheevitsopon
Yong Cheevitsopon 11 years ago

Thank you for your information. It is Danaus plexippus that was taken in Thailand

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Hi Yong, and welcome to Project Noah! This butterfly is not Charaxes brutus, which looks very different and is an African species. Where was this picture actually taken?

Yong Cheevitsopon
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Yong Cheevitsopon

กรุงเทพมหานคร, กรุงเทพมหานคร, Thailand

Spotted on Mar 14, 2012
Submitted on Mar 13, 2012

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