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Danaus chrysippus

Danaus chrysippus
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Direitos de Autor: philippe hornus (amanengone) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 188 W: 54 N: 412] (2113)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2011-11-17
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Canon PowerShot G12
Exposição: f/4.5, 1/160 segundos
Map: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original, Workshop
Tema(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2012-01-09 7:58
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[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista [Francês]

Photograph taken in plantations near the town of Benin City, close to the Ologbo protected area.

Danaus chrysippusLinnaeus, 1758

English:Plain tiger, Tigger Common, Lesser Wanderer, African Queen
German:Kleine Monarch, Monarch Afrikanisher, Gewönlischer Tiger
French:Small Monarch


Species:Danaus chrysippus Linnaeus, 1758

Protection Status

• Taxon unprotected and not listed in the IUCN Red List.

Origin and distribution

• Butterfly very ubiquitous, Europe, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, China, Sulawesi.


Danaus chrysippus is a butterfly that can live in many biotope, from desert, to the height mountains, up to more than 1500 m), passing through tropical rainforest areas (in open habitats).


Danaus chrysippus, like most butterflies lives with his wings closed in general.
• During its migrations, when it arises near the ground or on plant material, it opens its wings and turns them toward the sun. Thus they are fully exposed to sunlight.
Danaus chrysippus is protected from attacks by the association of its colors, the speed of its flight (slow, giving every opportunity to its predators to recognize him) and the presence in its body of emetic alkaloids. Predators "understand" that the butterfly should not be ingested, they pass their way.
• Another defense is to mimic a state of death and issue a smelly secretion. Perceiving these odors, predators spend their way. It seems then, for the novice, as Danaus chrysippus is capable of a "miraculous" resurrection after a predator attack.


• It is a medium sized butterfly (seven to eight centimeters). Its body is rather dark, ornate white punctuation.
• The wings are colored orange, more or less dark. The apex of the forewing is brown to black, ornamented with large white dots, sometimes coalescing into a white band crossed by the ribs. The posterior edge of the wings is also dark and provided with semi-circular white dots. The hind wings are ornamented by three black dots in the center.
• The hind wings of the male carry on rib number 2 a black punctuation bordered white. It is a gland emitting a pheromone attractive to females.
• Males specimen are smaller, but more brightly colored than females.


• Given its defensive behavior, evolution has led to other species of butterflies that look very similar to Danaus chrysippus: adopting a same dress, the mimes are able to escape predators, who confuse them withDanaus chrysippus.

Economic Importance

• Except for pollinating activities, the butterfly does not have much economic impact.


1._ Larsen - Butterflies of West Africa - Apollo Books, 1997
2._ Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington - Guide to the Butterflies of Europe and North Africa


Acres in Wikipedia
Acres in Wikipedia
Lepidoptera of Europe
• Photo gallery insect
Danaus chrysippus in Arkive.org
Danaus chrysippus In Encyclopedia of Life

The photograph

Cliché pleine taille dans Picassa web

Seconde vue du cliché dans Picassa web

In the workshop, another view of the same; thank you for your opinion.


Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
Objective: 30 mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Speed: 1/160
Shooting: Automatic
Measures: Central
Conditions: Sunny, with undergrowth.
Time: 8:57 a.m.
Sensitivity: ISO-80

Terms shooting

• Sunny, with good illumination, aperture f/4.5 for speed 1 / 500.


Original Size: 3648 x 2736 px
Format: Jpeg
Resolution: 180 dpi x 180 dpi
Color: sRGB
Finished format: 791 x 600 jpg
Crop: 30%
Image processing: Olympus Studio and Corel Photo Paint ; Trim, edit gamma, saturation and sharpness
Elimination of noise: NeatImage

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