Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
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photographer Steve Oddy.
Also known as the African Queen or African Monarch butterfly.
The Plain Tiger is believed to be one of the first butterflies species depicted in ancient art.
A 3,500 yr. old ancient fresco in Luxor, Egypt, which is the home of the ancient city of Thebes, features what is believed to be the oldest known illustration of this species.
Danaus chrysippus prefers arid, open areas, and is found in varying of habitats, including deserts, mountains, deciduous forests and human managed gardens in cities and parks.
It inhabits a wide variety of habitats, although it is less likely to thrive in jungle like conditions and is most often found in drier, wide-open areas.
It prefers altitudes ranging from sea level to around 1,500 m (4,900 ft).
It is a medium-sized butterfly
The body is black with numerous white spots.
The wings are orange, with the dorsal side brighter and richer than the ventral side.
The outer edges of the forewing are black with a white band.
The hindwing has three black spots in the center.
The wings are bordered in black and outlined with semicircular white spots.
This species exhibits slight sexual dimorphism, as the male has large scent glands on his hindwings, which the female lacks. (They appear as a large black spot with a white center, when viewed from the ventral side
Male and females look very similar and are similar in size.
Adult typically have a wingspan of 75 mm / 3.0 in.
The bodies of adult plain tigers are about 23 mm / 0.91 in long, and their antennae are about 12 mm / 0.47 in. long.
Depending on climate, males will live about 10–15 days and females will live approximately 7–12 days.
The most common predator of adult are birds.
As members of the Nymphilidae (Brush Footed) family, Danaus chrysippus will use their front pair of legs for food tasting, and their two pairs of rear legs for propulsion.