Danaus chrysippus, Plain Tiger, Danaidae

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Danaus chrysippus, Plain Tiger, Danaidae

Danaus-chrysippus-00

Native South East Asia .        Wingspan: 6-8 cm

The sexes are similar.
The Plain Tiger is an insect of the blazing sun and prefers to stay around large open fields, even during the hottest time of the day when others have retired to the shady thickets. It visits flowers regularly for nectar. The male is not particularly fond of visiting mud puddles or wet soil. As evening approaches, it often congregates with other Danaids to roost under the canopy of large trees.
This is an unpalatable poisonous species, avoided both by birds and lizards. The chemical substances that deter the predators are mostly assimilated by the larva and then passed on to the adult through the pupa.The larvae feed on Calotropis gigantea, a plant with a milky sap poisonous to both man and animals. For egg laying, the females often select the lowest leaves of young plants that are usually a foot or two tall. Like most other Danaids, the female takes care when she lays her eggs. It checks out the surface of the intended location with the tip of her abdomen before placing her egg.

Favourite flowers 

Crotalaria-pallida

Tridax-procumbens,

Crotalaria pallida

Tridax procumbens,

Caterpillar feed on

Asclepias-curassavica

Calotropis

Asclepias-curassavica

  Calotropis gigantea

 

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