Danaina

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Danaina known for?

Danaina is not an animal, but a subtribe of butterflies belonging to the tribe Danaini, which is part of the subfamily Danainae, also known as the milkweed butterflies.
Danaina is composed of five genera: Amauris, Danaus, Ideopsis, Parantica, and Tirumala.
These butterflies are known for their bright colors, which serve as a warning signal to predators that they are toxic or unpalatable.
They acquire their toxicity from the plants they feed on as caterpillars, mainly from the family Apocynaceae, which often contain latex-like compounds.

Some of the most famous butterflies in the subtribe Danaina are the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), the queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus), and the blue tiger butterfly (Tirumala limniace).
These butterflies are also known for their migratory behavior, traveling long distances to find suitable habitats and avoid unfavorable weather conditions.
The monarch butterfly, for example, can migrate up to 4,000 kilometers from North America to Mexico, where it overwinters in large colonies.

The subtribe Danaina is mainly found in tropical Asia and Africa, where they are diverse and abundant.
They are also present in some parts of Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
They are important pollinators of many plants, and also serve as models for other butterflies that mimic their appearance to gain protection from predators.
They are also admired for their beauty and elegance, and have inspired many artists and poets.
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What does the Danaina look like?

The Danaina is a subtribe of the Danaini, a tribe of brush-footed butterflies.

The Danaina includes several genera of butterflies, such as Amauris, Danaus, Ideopsis, Parantica, Tiradelphe, and Tirumala.

These butterflies are also known as tiger butterflies, because of their striking patterns of black, white, orange, and blue.

They are mostly found in tropical Asia and Africa, where they feed on milkweed plants and other members of the family Apocynaceae.

The Danaina are aposematic, meaning they have bright colors to warn predators of their toxicity.

They also exhibit mimicry, where some species resemble other toxic butterflies or wasps to avoid predation.
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