DANAINAE of Australia
including Tellervini
Daniaids, Tigers, Crows
NYMPHALIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
    
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

DANAINAE

eggs
    
DANAINAE

caterpillars
    
DANAINAE

pupae
    
DANAINAE

butterflies
    
DANAINAE

undersides

The Caterpillars of DANAINAE are smooth and have long paired filaments dorsally which appear like floppy horns.

"Danaid" describes the daughters of the king of Argos. They killed their husbands on their wedding night, and for this crime were condemned to the endless and futile task of filling sieve-like vessels with water. The adult Caterpillars and butterflies of this subfamily are poisonous, and the adults have a slow and heavy flight. Whether "Danaids" are named for their slow and heavy flight or because many contain poisons is unclear.

The common Australian species in DANAINAE are:

Danaus affinis : Black & White Tiger
Danaus chrysippus : Lesser Wanderer
Danaus genutia : Orange Tiger
Danaus plexippus : Wanderer or Monarch

Euploea alcathoe : Striped Black Crow
Euploea algea : Long-Branded Blue Crow
Euploea batesii
Euploea climena
Euploea core : Oleander Butterfly or Common Crow
Euploea darchia : Darwin Crow
Euploea modesta
Euploea sylvester : Two-Brand Crow
Euploea tulliolus : Eastern Brown Crow
Euploea usipetes

Tellervo zoilus : Cairns Hamadryad

Tirumala hamata : Blue Tiger

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(written 8 August 2016)