Female, Body, dorsal
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Brown Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Nymphalidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Foreign Wanderer (Danaus plexippus)|
|This Photo:||Male, dorsal|
|Other names:||Monarch or Wanderer|
Thank you Alan Melville for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
While this butterfly comes from the Americas. It's only food source is the introduced Milkweed.
There is some discussion if it arrives under it's own steam to the Eastcoast of Australia. Even so, it wouldn't be able to propogate without the weed. Regardless, it's not native to SA.