Species in news: Golden Birdwing
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Environment – Biodiversity and Conservation
- 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.