Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Lesser Wanderer Caterpillar

Photo from Jenni Jellyman

Photo from Jenni Jellyman

Danaus chrysippus petilia (Stoll)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae

Size range

  • Up to 40mm long.


  • Common from Africa to Australia and some Pacific Islands
  • Sometimes seen in New Zealand in mid–late summer

Life History

  • Food plant is swan plant
  • Sometimes breeds in New Zealand

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