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"BUTTERFLY" AFRICAN MONARCH - *Danaus chrysippus aegyptius* by Magaret Meintjes

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CapturedLocation: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, South Africa.

AFRICAN MONARCH – Danus chrysippus aegyptius

The second-largest butterfly family worldwide, with 6 000 species in 12subfamilies, nine of these represented in South Africa. Also known as ‘brush-footed butterflies’, because the adults’ front pairs of legs are atrophied to small brush-like sensory organs, so they appear to have only four legs instead of the normal six. The front pair of legs serves no walking function.
WINGSPAN: Female: 50-70mm, Male 50-75mm.
DISTRIBUTION: common throughout South Africa in all biomes.
HABITAT: forest edges, parks and gardens, hill tops, flatlands, coast, mountains, wetlands.
FLIGHT PERIOD: year round (peak late summer/autumn)
LARVAL FOOD: Asclepias spp., especially A fruticosa, Cynanchum obtusifolium, Ceropegia, Stapelia and Huernia spp.


butterflies, insects

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  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62over 6 years ago

    This is so pretty Mags : ) ! it’s a treat when you catch them.. Well done..Wendy

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Wendy appreciate your comment

  • Linda Bennett
    Linda Bennettover 6 years ago

    Great job mags….beautiful capture!!

  • thank you so much linda, appreciate it

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • ShepS
    ShepSover 6 years ago

    What colours- details and subject are brilliant – great shot

  • thank you so much for your comment really appreciate it

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Michele Duncan IPA
    Michele Duncan...over 6 years ago

    Beautiful colors!

  • thank you Michele, appreciate your comment

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • JLDunn
    JLDunnover 6 years ago

    Nice shot! It has been winter here for a long time, it is really nice to see flowers and butterflies!

  • so happy if i brought little sunshine and warmth in to brighten yout day and thank you for such a nice comment

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Angela Harburn
    Angela Harburnover 6 years ago

    What a wonderful capture – such a stunning butterfly – really cheers you up! xxx

  • Thank you Angela, maybe its the lovely colours! xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lindsay Knowles
    Lindsay Knowlesover 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot Mags. Looks great with the black frame around it

  • thank you so much Lindsay

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • jukedra
    jukedraover 6 years ago

    that is really incredible! i love butterflies!! :))

  • thank you so much appreciate your time and comment

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • simba
    simbaover 6 years ago

    Lovely capture very pretty colours

  • thank you so much

    – Magaret Meintjes

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