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African Monarch Or Plain Tiger by Robert Abraham

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Danaus chrysippus, known as the Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae (“Milkweed butterflies”) subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family, Nymphalidae. It is a medium-sized, non-edible butterfly, which is mimicked by multiple species.
The male Plain Tiger is smaller than the female, but more brightly colored. In addition, male danaines have a number of secondary sexual characteristics. In the case of the Plain Tiger, these are:

The male has a pouch on the hindwing. This spot is white with a thick black border and bulges slightly. It is a cluster of specialised scent scales used to attract females.
The males possess two brush-like organs which can be pushed out of the tip of the abdomen.

Skala Kallonis, Lesvos

Canon 7D, 150 mm Sigma macro lens

Comments

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    A beauty Robert
    well done

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Neat double catch Robert

  • jesika
    jesikaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful
    j

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning capture Robert

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful image and info Robert

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 2 years ago


    Excellent Image! 10/09/2012,
    Absolutely gorgeous work of art and creativity!
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    Fabulous image Robert!!!!

  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisover 1 year ago


    November 10/2012
    Congratulations Robert with your feature, a wonderful job!
    Enjoy the Permanent Featured Gallery!!!
    Cheers, Jo ;)

  • myraj
    myrajover 1 year ago

    Fantastic close up Robert. Looks great viewed larger.
    Myra

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 1 year ago

    Great capture!

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