Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Lesser Wanderer

Danaus chrysippus petilia (Stoll)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae

Size range

  • Wing span up to 70 mm


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

Life History

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

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