Southern Monarch
Scientific Name Danaus erippus
Describer (Cramer, 1775)
Kingdom Animalia
Class Unknown
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae
Distribution tropical and subtropical latitudes of South America
Size 110 millimetres (4.3 in)
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Danaus erippus has a wingspan reaching about 110 millimetres (4.3 in), with an easily recognizable orange and black pattern. Until 2007, this butterfly has been treated as a subspecies of the monarch sister species Danaus plexippus. In effect, they are very similar, but D. erippus usually has an orange trailing edge of the forewings, while in D. plexippus it is black. The colour of the wings in males of the southern monarch is paler than in the females.

similar speciesEdit

it is very similar to the monarch(D.plexippus)

Genus Danaus
Known species

Danaus affinis - Danaus chrysippus - Danaus cleophile - Danaus dorippus - Danaus eresimus - Danaus erippus - Danaus genutia - Danaus gilippus - Danaus ismare - Danaus melanippus- Danaus petilia - Danaus plexippus -

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