SPECIES Danaus plexippus + Danaus chrysippus
FRAME 18.5x18.5xD5cm. Made from recycled products.
DESCRIPTION These are some of our best-known butterflies often seen soaring around our gardens. Great trio of rust browns and blues and yellows.
Danaus chrysippus. Rusty brown orange with white and black colourations in the wings of this butterfly. The sub species petilia is native to Australia. The butterfly is a vagrant and can occur throughout Australia, including Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. It has an extensive distribution outside of Australia that includes much of the hotter parts of the eastern Hemisphere, and occurs as various subspecies and forms.
Danaus plexippus. Commonly known as the Monarch or Wanderer butterfly. This is one of our best-known butterflies often seen soaring around our gardens.
The beautiful Danaus plexippus caterpillar with it’s striped / ringed cream and black colouring can be seen feeding on plants from the poisonous Australian Milkweed family. In summertime three weeks after pupating on the leaf of its food plant the adult emerges. Its pupa is a lovely shade of green banded by shiny gold dots. It has a bright burnt orange colour highlighted with black and white spots and black veins. These bright colours serve to ward off potential predators whilst the paler underside serves as great camouflage whilst resting against tree bark.