Swamp Tiger (Black and White Tiger) Danaus affinis Wingspan: 62 mm - 65 mm
Larval Food Plants: Cynanchum carnosum which grows in coastal salt marshes and mangrove swamps.
Swamp Tiger feeding on Verbena in our garden, Dorrigo Plateau NSW, 6 Feb 2011
A rare visitor to our garden. A coastal butterfly. We have found the Swamp Tiger breeding at Urunga beside the coastal boardwalk where its food plant Cynanchum carnosum, a scrambling vine, grows on a sandy wetland immediately behind the sand dunes. This breeding site is approximately 40 km from our property. The Black and White Tiger appears to stay near the coast mostly in the vicinity of its food plant but butterflies sometimes get blown off-course by strong coastal winds and the one above was photographed on our property, a long way from its breeding colony and 800 metres higher on the Dorrigo Plateau.
Young larva at Urunga on Cynanchum carnosum
Swamp Tiger larva at Urunga on its foodplant
C. carnosum flowering at Urunga
C. carnosum scrambling on sedges, Urunga
Swamp Tiger nectaring on Cassytha sp on the Salt Marshes at Urunga NSW, 6 Dec 2018
Even though the flowers on Cassytha are tiny they provide nectar, Urunga NSW, 6 Dec 2018
Swamp Tiger at Urunga
Flowers on the noxious weed, Bitou Bush, at Urunga provide nectar for a butterfly
We have seen butterflies caught in the swift estuarine current but this one escaped
This Swamp Tiger was high up a tree at North Haven near Laurieton.
The foodplant was quite prolific beside the estuary