For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Monarch Butterfly and larvae (Danaus chrysippus)

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The African Monarch (danaus chrysippus) is very common in our gardens.
The larvae feed mostly on Asclepias and other milkweeds.
They lay a single elongated oval egg of a creamy white color.
They are mimiced by many other species as they are distasteful to predators.

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