Danaus Genutia

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The Common Tiger (Danaus genutia) is one of the common butterflies of India. It belongs to the “Crows and Tigers”, that is, the danainae group of the Brush-footed butterflies family. The butterfly is also called Striped Tiger in India to differentiate it from the equally common Plain Tiger Danaus chrysippus.

The butterfly closely resembles the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the Americas.

The wingspan is 75 to 95 mm. Both sexes of the butterfly have tawny wings with veins marked with broad black bands. The female has a pouch on the hindwing.The margins of the wings are black with two rows of white spots. The underside of the wings resembles the upperside but is paler in colouration. The male Common Tiger has a prominent black-and-white spot on the underside of the hindwing.

In drier regions the tawny part of the hindwing pales and approaches white in colour making it very similar to the White Tiger Danaus melanippus (Cramer).