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How Many Different Milkweed Butterfly Species Are There?

The answer is that no one knows exactly how many different Milkweed Butterflies exist!

The Milkweed Butterflies (subfamily Danainae) are a diverse group of butterflies that are found throughout the entire world, with the highest diversity in tropical regions.

Here is a list of some of the most well-known milkweed butterflies:

  1. Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
  2. Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
  3. Common Tiger Butterfly (Danaus genutia)
  4. Black Veined Butterfly (Danaus melanippus)
  5. Wanderer Butterfly (Danaus plexaure)
  6. Plain Tiger Butterfly (Danaus chrysippus)
  7. Striped Tiger Butterfly (Danaus affinis)
  8. Malay Tiger Butterfly (Danaus aglea)
  9. Australian Crow Butterfly (Euploea core)
  10. Common Crow Butterfly (Euploea core)
  11. Blue Tiger Butterfly (Tirumala limniace)
  12. Dark Blue Tiger Butterfly (Tirumala septentrionis)
  13. Glasswing Butterfly (Greta oto)
  14. Soldier Butterfly (or Banded Orange Butterfly) (Athyma selenophora)
  15. Crimson Rose Butterfly (Pachliopta hector)

This is not an exhaustive list, and there are many other species and subspecies of milkweed butterflies, some of which are not yet fully described by science.

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