Danaus chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Plain Tiger

Subspecies in India

(1) Danaus chrysippus chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758) – Oriental Plain Tiger

Conservation and Special status

This species is not legally protected in India under any schedules of WildLife (Protection) Act, 1972.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands UT21
Andhra Pradesh212542462323
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam622815
Bihar42
Chandigarh1
Chhattisgarh55225114961293
Dadra & Nagar Haveli UT2
Daman & Diu UT
Delhi1564248138
Goa
Gujarat1111143242282
Haryana4
Himachal Pradesh61
Jammu and Kashmir UT11
Jharkhand
Karnataka651318203130151491014
Kerala1113473317111
Ladakh UT
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh6451
Maharashtra7911172412243735462912
Manipur1
Meghalaya1
Mizoram1
Nagaland
Odisha11
Puducherry UT
Punjab41
Rajasthan131114211
Sikkim14
Tamil Nadu214214515
Tripura17
Uttar Pradesh111622267
Uttarakhand1292
West Bengal841315357119112013
Total40425489848398881261268971
Asclepias curassavica (Moore 1890; Bell 1909a; Pant & Chatterjee 1950; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Calotropis (Robinson et al. 2010), Calotropis gigantea (Moore 1890; Pant & Chatterjee 1950; Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000; Robinson et al. 2010), Calotropis procera (Sevastopulo 1938; Pant & Chatterjee 1950; Robinson et al. 2010), Caralluma adscendens (Lovalekar et al. 2018), Cryptolepis dubia (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000), Pergularia daemia (Wynter-Blyth 1957; Kunte 2000) (Apocynaceae). Besides these plants, Hibiscus (Robinson et al. 2010) (Malvaceae) and Poaceae (Robinson et al. 2010) have been reported for this butterfly species, which is clearly an ovipositioin error, if the plants were recorded correctly in the first place.

Key Reference:
Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

 

Page citation

Lovalekar R., K. Saji, V. Barve, T. Bhagwat & Manoj P 2022. Danaus chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758) – Plain Tiger. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/danaus-chrysippus, accessed 2022/12/04.