You need a bit of luck to see this insect in Menorca since it is only ever observed occasionally. However, its size and wing pattern make it unmistakeable. It is African in origin but in recent years regular migrations into the Iberian Peninsula have taken place and it occasionally establishes colonies in wetland areas. In Catalonia, the first migrants appear in the Ebro Delta at the end of June and so theoretically it is possible to observe it on Menorca from this month onwards. On Mallorca, larvae have been found on a milkweed, Asclepias fruticosa, around Ternelles, a discovery that confirms that this species is able to complete its life cycle in the Balearic Islands.
Scientific name: Danaus chrysippus
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