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Danaus petilia

Lesser wanderer
Photo by Norm Twigge

This medium-sized butterfly is believed to be one of the first butterflies depicted in art: an Egyptian fresco in the Tomb of Nebamun, Luxor, painted over 3,500 years ago, features the butterfly. The species was previously considered a subspecies of Danaus chrysippus and every summer some arrive in New Zealand having flown/blown here.

Family
Nymphalidae
Biostatus
Rare migrant
Adult/Imago
Orange wings, upperside brighter, with black bands and white spots.
Wingspan
70-80 mm
Photo by J Carter

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