The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Monarch

Afrikaans name: Melkbosskoenlapper

African Monarch butterfly - note the floppy antennae

The common African Monarch butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

The African Monarch is one of the most well-known species of butterflies in the world. Besides occurring across Africa it is found in southern Europe and most of southern Asia.

It many publications it is called the Plain Tiger.

The African Monarch can have a wingspan of 7 cm or more. Males are slightly smaller than females, but they are more brightly coloured.

This butterfly is distasteful and is not predated on heavily. Because of this it flies more directly than other species who have to fly erratically to avoid predators.

Females lay one egg per leaf on a suitable food plant. This ensure that the baby caterpillars do not have to compete for food.

References and further reading

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 343

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 135

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 169

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 224

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 493

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 84

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 246

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 96

Insects of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Clarke H. Scholtz and Erik Holm - Published: 1989 - Page: 375

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 145

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Published: 2015 - Page: 124

Pollinators, Predators and Parasites - Author: C. Scholtz, J. Scholtz, H. De Klerk - Published: 2021 - Page: 48

Sasol First Field Guide to Butterflies & Moths of Southern Africa - Author: Simon van Noort - Published: 0 - Page: 17

Self-guided Trails in Durban - Author: Durban Corporation - Published: 0 - Page: 122

Field Guide to Insects of the Kruger National Park - Author: Leo Braack - Published: 1991 - Page: 38

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 30

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 398

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 52

African Insect Life - revised edition - Author: S.H. Skaife - Published: 1979 - Page: 233

African Wildlife - Vol 36 No 4/5 - Author: - Published: 1982 - Page: 182

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 44

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 149

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 57

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 42

Field Guide to Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving - Published: 0 - Page: 370

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 36

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 18

Butterfly Gardening in South Africa - Author: Jill Reid - Published: 2000 - Page: 88

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Published: 2005 - Page: 20


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