Danaus gilippus berenice / Queen (Cramer 1775)

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DANAIDAE Colour Plates

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©Justin Uzzell
Collection: Joanne Ross

Plate 1 #3 p. 40

Pupating stages
ChrysalisThe beginning of a ChrysalisCaterpillar with the 6 antanas of the queen
©Joanne Ross
The Queen caterpillar has 3 sets of antennas called tubercles

The sap of the Host Plants that is consumed by the larvae, contains poisonous glycosides, this will make the butterfly later on distasteful to birds.

The difference between
Danaus eresimus tethys / Soldier on the left and
Danaus gilippus bernice / Queen on the right

Danaus eresimus tethys / SoldierDanaus gilippus bernice / Queen

The spot on the lower hind wing is a little pouch called "androconial pouches" made of modified scales that contains pheromones or male scent used during courtship.
The male will give off a dusting of pheromone onto the female when the male hovers over her in courtship.

Androconial pouche

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