The plain tiger (Danaus chrysippus)

Danaus chrysippus or the plain tiger is widespread in Asia and Africa. It is common in the lowland of Peninsular Malaysia and it occurs in 2 forms. The hindwings of the chrysippus form that occurs in northwest peninsular has deep orange coloration. The alcippoides form occurs south of Penang has almost white hindwings. All the photographs shown here are of the alcippoides form. It is usually found in villages and suburban areas and not found in the forest.

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae

NIKON D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/22, ISO 100, SB600 flash

Female Danaus chrysippus resting on Grammatophyllum speciosum, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae, Liparis lacerata

NIKON D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/4 sec, F/16, ISO 100

Male Danaus chrysippus resting on Liparis lacerata flower, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae, Doritis pulcherima

NIKON D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/180 sec, F/16, ISO 100, SB600 flash

Female Danaus chrysippus resting on Doritis pulcherima flower, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae, Lantana camara

NIKON Coolpix E5700,71.2 mm, 1/210 sec, F/4.7, ISO 100

Male Danaus chrysippus feeding on flowers of Lantana camara, Semenyih, Malaysia

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae, Zinnia elegans

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae, Zinnia elegans

Female Danaus chrysippus feeding on Zinnia elegans, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae

NIKON D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/16, ISO 100, SB600 flash

This Danaus chrysippus larva crawled almost 20 meters from its food plant (Calotropis gigantea) grown in my neighbour’s house across the street to pupate on the Euchinodorus plant in my fish pond.

Danaus chrysippus, butterfly, plain tiger, Nymphalidae, Danainae, pupa

NIKON D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/16, ISO 100, SB600 flash

Pupa and a newly emerged male Danaus chrysippus on Loropetalum chinense plant, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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