Meet The African Queen Butterfly

Danaus chrysippus (aka the African Queen or the plain tiger) is a medium-sized butterfly widespread in Asia, Australia and Africa including Sudan.

It belongs to the Danainae subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae. These butterflies primarily consume plants in the genus Asclepias (milkweed) which contain toxic compounds which makes the plain tiger unpalatable to most predators. As a result, the species' coloration is widely mimicked by other species of butterflies. The plain tiger inhabits a wide variety of habitats, although it is less likely to thrive in jungle-like conditions and is most often found in drier, wide-open areas.
The plain tiger is believed to be one of the first butterflies depicted in art. A 3500-year-old ancient Egyptian fresco in Luxor features the oldest known illustration of this species.

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