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|This shot was taken early in the morning, in the month of January. From what I have noticed, this is particularly the time of the year (in India) when most butterflies are very comfortable and donot shy away. |
The Plain Tiger, also named Lesser Wanderer Butterfly, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia. It belongs to the Danaid subfamily of the Nymphalidae Family, that is, the Brushfooted butterflies.
The Plain Tiger can be considered the archetypical Danaid of India. Accordingly, this species has been dealt with greater detail than other members of its subfamily in India.
The Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8 cm. The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny the upper side being brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the fore wing is black with a white band. The hind wing has 3 black spots around the center. The hind wing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots
The range of the Plain Tiger extends from North Africa to Greece, China and Sulawesi. It is found throughout Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar.
It is found in every kind of country including the desert and right up into the mountains till 9000 feet. Primarily, it is a butterfly of open country and gardens.
This butterfly is perhaps the commonest of Indian butterflies and is known to everyone. It flies from dawn to dusk, frequenting gardens, sipping from flowers and, late in the day, fluttering low over bushes to find a resting place for the night.
This butterfly rests with its wings closed. When basking it sits close to the ground and spreads its wings with its back to the sun so that the wings are fully exposed to the sun's rays.
TFL and regards to all.
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