Plain Tiger or African Monarch Butterfly

Danaus chrysippus form alcippus

Size: Wingspan 7-8 cms
Habitat: Most habitats - desert, mountains, forest, open country
Family Nymphalidae

The Plain Tiger Butterfly is also called the African Monarch Butterfly and is one of the Milkweed family of butterflies.

This brightly coloured butterfly is poisonous and is usually avoided by predators.

It has a black body with white spots and the wings are bright orange edged with white and black/brown. This alcippus form of the butterfly is more brown with broader white spots on the forewing.

These photos were taken in Sao Felipe, Island of Fogo, Cape Verde.








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