Comprising of the largest butterfly in India, the Southern or Western Ghats Birdwing (Troides minos) with a wingspan of about 25 cms to the smallest, the Grass Jewel (Zizula hylax) with only 1.5 to 2 cm wingspan, the Kerala butterfly fauna is rich, diverse and scientifically very interesting.
Which is the largest butterfly in India?
A Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing is India’s largest, a record an unknown specimen had held for 88 years.
Which is the official butterfly of Kerala?
Thiruvananthapuram: The ‘Budha Mayoori’ or Papilio buddha has been identified as the state butterfly of Kerala. The wings are basically with glittering blue mixed green on top and dark green all over its body and surrounding area of the wings.
Which is the largest butterfly?
Counting butterflies in the wild is not an easy task, even when you are looking for the largest butterfly in the world, the Queen Alexandra’s birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae) of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Which among the following has become India’s largest butterfly recently?
Recently, a Himalayan butterfly known as Golden Birdwing (Troides aeacus) has been discovered as India’s largest butterfly after 88 years. It has replaced an unknown specimen which a british army officer Brigadier Evans had recorded in 1932.
Which is the smallest butterfly in India?
The world’s tiniest known species, the blue pygmy (Brephidium exilis), is found in Southern California and has a wing span of just over half an inch. Both the world’s smallest butterflies occur in peninsular India.
Flying Jewels of the Western Ghats.
|Hesperiidae||Skippers||99 genera; 321 species|
|TOTAL||320 GENERA, 1501 SPECIES|
Which is the National Butterfly of India?
Orange Oakleaf (Kallima inachus): The Orange Oakleaf is a large, colorful butterfly with a beautiful deep blue sheen and a striking orange band on the upper side of its wings, making it immediately recognizable.
Which is our state butterfly?
While Maharashtra picked Blue Mormon as its state butterfly, Uttarakhand picked Common Peacock, Karnataka went for Southern Birdwings, Kerala chose Malabar Banded Peacock, while Tamil Nadu declared Tamil Yeoman as its state butterfly.
Which is the Karnataka state butterfly?
It is the state butterfly of Karnataka, India.
What is the rarest butterfly?
The Palos Verdes Blue is the rarest butterfly in the world. Presumed extinct until 1994, when researchers discovered a population in San Pedro, California. A breeding program was initiated and seems to be successful, but there are still only several hundred in the wild.
What is the smallest butterfly in the world?
Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly
With a wingspan of 0.5 inch (1.3 centimeters), the Western pygmy blue is the smallest known butterfly in the world, Katy Prudic, a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, says via email. The insects range from central California through the western U.S. and down into Venezuela.
What is the most dangerous butterfly in the world?
Antimachus Swallowtail : The most poisonous butterfly in the world! – This butterfly has a wing span of 8 to 9 inches and is from Uganda. It has enough poison in its body to kill six cats!
How many types of butterfly are there in India?
India is one of the mega biodiversity countries where nearly 1500 species and subspecies are found of the 17,000 species worldwide, and interestingly nearly 20 per cent of them are endemic to this region, thus, making India a hotspot of butterfly diversity in the world.
How do you measure the wingspan of a butterfly?
Wingspan is measured from forewing tip to tip in a set specimen. Butterflies are set with the dorsums of both forewings in a straight horizontal line. In case of species with strongly bowed forewings eg Euploea, vein 1b is used as the horizontal marker.