Taxon profile


Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Arthropoda - arthropods »  class Insecta - Insects »  order Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths »  family Nymphalidae - brushfoots

Scientific synonyms

Danais archippus fumosus Hulst, 1886
Danais plexippus pulchra Strecker, 1900
Danaus archippus (Fabricius, 1793)
Danaus menippe (Hübner, 1816)
Danaus menippe americanus Gunder, 1927
Danaus menippe nivosus Gunder, 1927
Euploea asclepiadis Fabricius, 1938
Papilio plexippus Linnaeus, 1758
Papilio archippus Fabricius, 1793

Other names

= Monarch Butterfly
= The Milkweed
= Wanderer
= Wanderer Butterfly


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Intertaxon relationships

food: Asclepias L. - milkweed

mimic: Limenitis archippus (Cramer, 1776) - Viceroy

Subordinated taxa

Number of records: 6

subspecies Danaus plexippus leucogyne (Butler, 1884)
subspecies Danaus plexippus megalippe (Hübner, 1826)
subspecies Danaus plexippus nigrippus (Haensch, 1909)
subspecies Danaus plexippus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Danaus plexippus plexippus

subspecies Danaus plexippus portoricensis Clark, 1941
subspecies Danaus plexippus tobagi Clark, 1941

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [9be07672-ce5c-4df6-a5d8-d20a8654814a]

ABRS (2009): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 21 February 2014
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [441572]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN OzAnimals - Australian Wildlife [] [as Danaus plexippus]
Data retrieved on: 14 April 2013

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