Common Tiger Butterfly

The Common Tiger Butterfly (Danaus genutia) is an insect in the Nymphalidae family and Danainae group of brush-footed butterflies called the crows and tigers. It is also known as the Striped Tiger Butterfly. 

The Common Tiger Butterfly is similar to the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus). The Common Tiger Butterfly has tawny-brown wings with veins marked with broad black bands. The male has a pouch on the hindwing. Its wings have black margins with two rows of white spots. The undersides of its wings are similar to the uppersides, but paler. 

Its wingspan measures about 7-10 centimetres (1-4 inches). 

Common Tiger Butterfly

The Common Tiger Butterfly is native to India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, south-east Asia and northern Australia. It prefers scrub jungles and dry or damp forests. It also likes parks and gardens. 

It is a strong flier, but it never flies rapidly nor high. 

The Common Tiger Butterfly sips nectar from plants. 

The female lays her eggs singly on the underside of leaves. The eggs hatch into caterpillars. Each caterpillar pupates and turns into a chrysalis, which is similar to a cocoon. The adult butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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