You may spot the Common Tiger (Danaus genutia genutia) while you are out and about in our gardens and nature spaces. Keep a special look out for it particularly when you are near its host plant, the Cynanchum tunicatum. Adults of this species are also attracted to dried plants of the Indian Turnsole, also known as the Indian Heliotrope (Heliotropium indicum). The Common Tiger has a wingspan of 70 to 80 mm and similar colouration as the Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus chrysippus), with white and orange forms. The veins on its wings are strongly marked with black, and this causes the Common Tiger to be mistaken for the Black Veined Tiger (Danaus melanippus hegesippus) in the wild.
Learn more about this butterfly here.
Photo credit: Boyi Zhou
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