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"Tiger butterflies" of genera Ideopsis (top), Danaus (lower center/left) and Parantica (others)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked): Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Danainae
Tribe: Danaini
Boisduval, 1833
2 subtribes, 11 extant genera

The Danaini are a tribe of brush-footed butterflies (family Nymphalidae). Their type genus Danaus contains the well-known Monarch Butterfly (D. plexippus) and is also the type genus of the tribe's subfamily, the milkweed butterflies (Danainae).

The Danaini do not have a fixed colloquial name; for the entire tribe but in particular for subtribe Danaina the term tiger butterflies is occasionally used in reference to the numerous species in several genera commonly known as "tigers".


Subtribe Danaina Boisduval, [1833]

Subtribus Euploeina Moore, [1880]

The fossil milkweed butterfly Archaeolycorea from the Oligocene or Miocene Tremembé Formation of Brazil is often assigned to this tribe, specifically the Euploeina. Whether this is correct is not entirely certain.


  • Danainae,
  • Danaini at Tree of Life

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