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Danaus plexippus

Málaga, Februrary 2017

Danaus plexippus

Málaga, February 2017

Danaus plexippus

Málaga, February 2017

Danaus plexippus

Málaga, February 2017

Danaus plexippus

Gibraltar, July 1999

Danaus plexippus

Gibraltar, July 1999

The monarch is principally an American butterfly but it has spread all over the world. It now breeds in several places in southern Spain and can be seen almost anywhere in the Mediterranean. It is the only butterfly I have seen in three different continents : North America, Africa and Europe. The last pictures above were taken in the Trafalgar cemetery in Gibraltar, in 1999. The same year I saw them in much greater numbers on a day-trip to Tangiers but it was impossible to take photos because of the hawkers who wouldn't leave me alone! When I slipped through a hotel onto a private beach I was more at peace, but there the butterflies found nothing to nectar on and never stopped. The first pictures were at a site in Málaga that I have visited often before without seeing them.