Danaus gilippus thersippus
==Danaus gilippus strigosus
Male Drying Wings After Eclosing

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Male Drying Wings just after Emerging
male drying wings

Drying Wings
Drying Wings

Close-up the Male  Androconium (also called a scent scale) which is a modified wing scale on butterflies
 that release pheronomes. Only males have these scent scales. The pheromones attract females of that species.


Close-up of  the Tip of the Male's Abdomen
tip of male's abdomen

Reared and photographed by ©Nicky Davis
Jack Wolfe pinned these specimen
LOCATION: Todd Stout located females flying by  Desert Milkweed, Asclepias subulata on 14 September 2010 along the Verde River by the  town of Cottonwood, Yavapai County, Arizona
GPS: Unknown
ELEVATION: unknown

Eggs were oviposited on stems, buds, and some on the net on the side of the container.  They seemed to prefer being in the sun or partial sun to oviposit and they fed willingly on honey water.  A cottonball soaked in honey water and placed in a small plastic solo cup was offered to them two or three times a day.

Larvae hatched on the 25 and 26th of September and developed so fast that the first ones left the plant to pupate on the 7th of October and the first pupae were formed  8 October 2010.

The last instar  got off the plant to pupate and were placed in a container with a  brown paper toweling across the top and bottom and the cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll in between. They silked to the top paper toweling and pupated. Click to See Todd Stout video showing  a cardboard tube for pupating

The pupae took only ten to eleven days to develop and for the butterfly to hatch. 

These  numbers are from subjects reared under 24x7 lighting and a temperature of  75- 78 degrees F.
Ovum:  Four to five Days
Larva:  Fourteen or Fifteen  Days
Pupa:   Ten to Eleven Days
Adult:   ?
Broods: ?
Hibernation:  Overwinters as  ?

Host Plant - click below for photos

Desert Milkweed - Asclepias subulata
Todd Stout's photos of Asclepias subulata
Larvae fed on Showy Milkweed - Asclepias speciosa

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