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Afrikaans name: Melkbosskoenlapper

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African Monarch

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African Monarch butterfly - note the floppy antennae

Photo © Steven Herbert

The African Monarch is one of the most well-known species of butterflies in the world. Besides occurring across Africa it is found in southern Europe and most of southern Asia.

It many publications it is called the Plain Tiger.

The African Monarch can have a wingspan of 7 cm or more. Males are slightly smaller than females, but they are more brightly coloured.

This butterfly is distasteful and is not predated on heavily. Because of this it flies more directly than other species who have to fly erratically to avoid predators.

Females lay one egg per leaf on a suitable food plant. This ensure that the baby caterpillars do not have to compete for food.

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