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Lesser wanderer

Danaus petilia
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, features the oldest known illustration of this species. It was painted 3,500 years ago. Previously considered a subspecies of Danaus chrysippus.

Rare migrant
Orange wings, upperside brighter, with black bands and white spots.
70-80 mm

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