Tiger mimic-queen Lycorea cleobaea, from here.

Belongs within: Nymphalidae.
Contains: Danaus, Euploea.

The Danaini include the milkweed butterflies, a pantropical group of butterflies that sequester distasteful compounds from their host plants as larvae.

Characteristics (from Wahlberg & Brower): Adult males with eversible abdominal androconial structures (hairpencils). Larvae usually aposematic, possessing fleshy tubercles on at least the second and eleventh segments. All species sequestering compounds from their larval host plants (cardenolides and pyrrolizidine alkaloids) making them distasteful to predators.

    |  i. s.: Didonis Hübner 1816 B66
    |           `--D. biblis (Fabricius 1775) S55
    |--+--Amauris WWN03 [Amaurina J03]
    |  |    `--A. elliotti WWN03
    |  `--+--Tiradelphe J03
    |     |--Danaus J03
    |     `--Tirumala hamata J03, PP02
    |          |--T. h. hamata PP02
    |          `--T. h. neptunica PP02
    `--+--Ituina J03
       |    |--Anetia thirza (Geyer & Hübner 1805) J03, FS54
       |    `--Lycorea cleobaea J03, FS54
       |         |--L. c. cleobaea FS54
       |         `--L. c. atergatis Doubleday, Hewiston & Westwood 1847 FS54
       `--+--Protoploea J03
          |--Euploea J03
          `--Idea tambusisiana J03, V-WF03

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B66] Butler, A. G. 1866. A monograph of the diurnal Lepidoptera belonging to the genus Euploea, with descriptions of many new species; founded principally on the specimens in the collection of the British Museum. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 268-302.

[FS54] Franz, E., & H. Schröder. 1954. Tagfalter (Lep. Rhopalocera) aus El Salvador. Senckenbergiana Biologica 35: 75-87.

[J03] Jong, R. de. 2003. Are there butterflies with Gondwanan ancestry in the Australian region? Invertebrate Systematics 17: 143-156.

[PP02] Patrick, B., & H. Patrick. 2002. Butterflies of Fiji. Weta 24: 5-12.

[S55] Schröder, H. 1955. Eine Falter-Ausbeute aus dem westlichen Bolivien. (Ins. Lepid. Rhopal.) Senckenbergiana Biologica 36: 329-338.

[V-WF03] Vane-Wright, R. I., & H. Fermon. 2003. Taxonomy and identification of Lohora Moore (Lepidoptera: Satyrinae), the Sulawesi bush browns. Invertebrate Systematics 17: 129-141.

[WWN03] Wahlberg, N., E. Weingartner & S. Nylin. 2003. Towards a better understanding of the higher systematics of Nymphalidae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28: 473-484.

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