Plain Tiger


  • Common Name : Plain Tiger
  • Scientific Name : Danaus chrysippus (Linnaeus)
  • Family : NYMPHALIDAE
  • Wingspan : 70-80mm
  • Colour : This is a tawny with black apex, body is black, spotted with white. The hindwing has three small black spots approximately at the centre.
  • Habit : The most familiars butterfly in Indian gardens, basically a butterfly of open plains. It is protected against attacks from avian and reptilian predators by virtue of palatable alkaloids it ingests during its larval stage. Flight is slow and laborious. While basking, it rests close to the ground, on small bushes etc.
  • Larval Host Plants : Calotropis gigantea, Asclepias curassavica
  • Location : Throughout West Bengal