Foreign Wanderer
Male, Head
Ellura
Foreign Wanderer
Female, underwings
 
                      
Foreign Wanderer (Danaus plexippus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Brown Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Nymphalidae)
Species: Foreign Wanderer (Danaus plexippus)
This Photo:     Female, dorsal
Other names: Monarch or Wanderer

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.

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This species is classed as If (Foreign Introduction)