Thursday, 15 July 2010
plain tiger, Danaus chrysippus chrysippus
This male Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus chrysippus) was taken at the Hort Park. It is a relatively common butterfly in Singapore, usually found amongst it's host plant, the Asciepias currasivica (Butterfly Weed) (pictured below) or the Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower) during the larval stage. It is widespread in Asia and Africa and belongs to the Danainae ("Milkweed butterflies") subfamily of brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae. The caterpillar of this butterfly is pictured below.
This is a male Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus chrysippus) butterfly which belongs to Danainae subfamily in the butterfly family Nymphalidae. Plain Tiger generally displays leisurely slow flights and is unpalatable to predators due to the chemicals ingested from the host plants Asclepias curassavica (Blood Flower) or Calotropis gigantea (Crown flower) during the larval stage.