Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Plain Tiger

The Plain Tiger butterfly is a  powerful and wide-ranging African migrant.Although found along the  European coast of Mediterranean Sea it is mainly seen as a migrant.However breeding populations have become established in some localities,including Greece.The following photographs were taken not in Greece, but on the Red Sea coast at Dahab,Egypt towards the end of December.
Its LHP includes Milkweed and the butterfly can readily be found in coastal gullies close to cultivated areas and gardens.
Only two members of this Danaidae family of butterflies are found in Europe,the other being the Monarch.