Danaus genutia, Common Tiger, Danaidae

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Danaus genutia, Common Tiger, Danaidae


Native: S-E Asia, wingspan: 8 cm.

The sexes are similar. The wings are tawny with heavy black markings along the veins; this butterfly is called the Striped Tiger in India. The scent patch on the male is oval and is located on the second vein of the hind wing.
The upper side of the apex of the forewing is black. Below the apex, a row of elongated white marks forms a loose band across the wing. The black marginal band on the underside of the hind wing has two rows of small white spots. On the upper side, the corresponding inner row is often incomplete.
A common, widely distributed species that occurs below 3000 feet elevation. However, unlike the Plain Tiger, it prefers wetter areas and is rare in the driest parts of the land. An inhabitant of lightly wooded areas, home gardens, hedge rows, waste places and cultivated lands.
Its general behavior is similar to that of other Danaids. It is entirely disinterested in mud-sipping.
The larvae feed on Ceropegia buchanani and Tylophora indica
.The caterpillar of the Common Tiger butterfly obtains a supply of poison by eating poisonous plants, which makes the caterpillar and butterfly a distasteful morsel for predators.

Favourite flowers 



Crotalaria juncea

Nerium oleander



Barleria cristata rosea

Bauhinia perpurea

Caterpillar feed on




Tylophora indica.

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