Danaus plexippus

Occurs throughout both Alabama and Mississippi; most often seen in open habitats.  Both dorsal and ventral surface of wings bright orange with contrasting black veins and margins.  White spots along fore and hindwing margins.  Hindwing of males has a black spot along the inner most vein.  

Adult female - dorsal


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Adult male - dorsal

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Adult male - ventral

Adult female - ventral

Caterpillar on Milkweed

Caterpillar beginning to pupate

Early Chrysalis


Late Chrysalis