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Species in news: Golden Birdwing

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  • July 8, 2020
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Species in news: Golden Birdwing

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Environment – Biodiversity and Conservation

In news:

  • A Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing is now India’s largest after 88 years.
  • Golden Birdwing is larger than the Southern Birdwing, which was earlier considered to be the largest.
  • The females (Golden Birdwing) are larger than the males.
  • While the female Golden Birdwing was recorded from Didihat in Uttarakhand, the largest male was from the Wankhar Butterfly Museum in Meghalaya capital Shillong.

Pic: Golden Birdwing

Do you know?

  • Southern Birdwing is listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List.
  • The species is more common in the Western Ghats of south India and is the state butterfly of Karnataka, India.

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