Wooden frame with plain tiger butterfly (Danais chrysippus)

35,00

Unique wooden black frame containing a plain tiger butterfly (Danais chrysippus). The frame is completely air-sealed and is 18 x 18cm. It is also 99% UV blocking for a the preserve of the specimen.

1 in stock

Description

Danaus chrysippus, also known as the plain tiger or African queen, is a medium-sized butterfly widespread in Asia, Australia and Africa. It belongs to the Danainae subfamily of the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae. Danainae primarily consume plants in the genus Asclepias, more commonly called milkweed. Milkweed contains toxic compounds, cardenolides, which are often consumed and stored by many butterflies. Because of their emetic properties, the plain tiger is 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 Egyptian fresco in Luxor features the oldest known illustration of this species.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 18 × 18 × 3 cm