A large strikingly marked butterfly of a group that includes the monarch, found chiefly in the tropics of Africa and East Asia.
Subfamily Danainae, family Nymphalidae (formerly family Danaidae)‘The male danaids have two brushlike structures called hairpencils that are normally tucked into the rear of the abdomen.’
- ‘Danaids are large, robust butterflies that contain some of the longest-lived butterflies in the world.’
- ‘The danaid butterflies, such as the Monarch, are well recognised to be doubly defended from predators by two classes of plant-derived toxins.’
- ‘All Nymph and Danaid butterflies are strong and rapid fliers.’
- ‘Monarchs are members of a butterfly family called the Danaids, so named because they feed on members of the milkweed family of plants.’
Late 19th century from modern Latin Danaidae, arbitrary use of the Latin name of the daughters of Danaus.