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Danaus chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758) – Plain Tiger

Subspecies in India:

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

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
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.

Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Nymphalidae > Danainae > Danaini > Danaus

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Lovalekar, R., K. Saji, V. Barve, T. Bhagwat & Manoj P. 2022. Danaus chrysippus (Linnaeus, 1758) – Plain Tiger. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.28. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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