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Striped tiger butterfly or Common tiger butterfly or Danaus genutia in Indian Nymphalidae family considered an iconic pollinator species with easily recognizable wings. The butterfly closely resembles the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) of the Americas. The wingspan is 7 to 95 millimetres (0.28 to 3.74 inch). Both sexes of the butterfly have tawny wings with veins marked with broad black bands. The male has a pouch on the hindwing. The margins of the wings are black with two rows of white spots. The underside of the wings resembles the upper side but is paler in colouration. The male common tiger has a prominent black-and-white spot on the underside of the hindwing. In drier regions the tawny part of the hindwing pales and approaches white in colour making it very similar to the white tiger.