Plain Tiger

Danaus chrysippus


India, April 2010

India, April 2010

La Palma - April 2001

The Plain Tiger is an exotic and glamorous butterfly but incredibly restless and it took me a long time to get these shots! The first two were in India, in 2010, and the rest on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands where this species still flies. There, they breed in hot coastal gullies - not really in the sort of places you expect to see something so spectacular. It also breeds locally around the Mediterranean coast but human activity threatens some of its habitats in southern Spain.