Top 10 Poisonous Butterflies
Common Indian Crow: resembles the queen and does belong to the same family. But its wings are black and more elongated, and it is a bit bigger with a wingspan of 3.25 to 3.75 inches.
Birdwing Butterflies:These are some of the largest butterflies on earth, and most of them are poisonous. They are also astonishingly beautiful and their beauty has made them the target of collectors.
Zebra Longwing: is unmistakable with its long, oval wings adorned with black and white zebra stripes and red dots. Found in the southern United States and south into South America.
Papilio Antimachus:The giant African swallowtail, with a wingspan of between 7.1 and 9.8 inches, is the largest butterfly in Africa. It’s also one of the most poisonous butterflies on earth.
Pipevine Swallowtail: is one of the most toxic of the poisonous butterflies. This big butterfly of North America and Central America has a wingspan of 3 to 4.5 inches.
The Postman: butterfly eats pollen, a rare behavior in butterflies. Another butterfly whose caterpillars eat the poisonous passionflower, the postman shares the zebra’s basic shape.
Red Lacewing:This beautiful butterfly of Asia and southeast Asia also has wings that are colored orange, black and white like the monarch, though the pattern on the wings is different.
Monarch:This butterfly is notorious for the beauty of its orange, white and black wings, its long migration, and its toxicity. The butterfly lays its eggs almost exclusively on milkweed plants.
Atala Butterfly:This little butterfly is unusual because the male’s abdomen is brilliant red, and its wings are a metallic blue with metallic blue dots edging the hindwings.
Queen Butterfly: is another milkweed butterfly, though the levels of alkaloids and cardenolides that its caterpillar stores and passes on to the adult can vary.