White Tufted Royal Butterfly

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  • January 14, 2023
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Context: A team of butterfly observers have recently found White Tufted Royal Butterfly, a rare butterfly species at Kalliyad in Kannur.

  • The species had earlier been spotted in Agasthyakoodam in 2017 and the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary in 2018.

About White Tufted Royal Butterfly:

  • It is protected under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
  • Its wingspan is just 32-40 mm.
  • Its larvae feed on Scurrula parasitica, a plant belonging to the Loranthaceae family.
  • It is also known as Pratapa deva.
  • It is found in Indomalayan realm.
  • There are eight species of this butterfly where 2 are common and others rare.

Source: The Hindu

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