Danaus plexippus plexippusCommon name: Monarch

Distribution: Occurs from Perth to Cape Leewin. There are populations at a number of other Western Australian localities, usually around populated areas.

Description: Wingspan up to 93 millimetres.

Notes: Occurs in a wide variety of habitats. The caterpillars are known to feed on Asclepias physocarpa, Gomphocarpus cancellatus, Calotropis gigantea, Stapelia grandiflora, Stapelia variegata and Araujia hortorum.

References: The Complete Guide to Butterflies of Australia. Michael F Braby. 2004