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GOLDEN BIRDWING IS INDIA’S LARGEST BUTTERFLY

Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology, Prelims

Why in news?

A Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing is India’s largest, a record an unknown specimen had held for 88 years.

Details

  • With a wingspan of almost 20 centimeters, the female of the species is marginally larger than the Southern Birdwing (recorded in 1932).
  • According to the authors, the only measurement used in the study of Lepidoptera is wingspan — a simple concept with various interpretations of the term.

Lepidopterology, is a branch of entomology concerning the scientific study of moths and the three superfamilies of butterflies. Someone who studies in this field is a lepidopterist.

Golden Birdwing

  • Troides aeacus, the golden birdwing, is a large tropical butterfly belonging to the swallowtail family, Papilionidae.
  • It is found in northern India, Nepal, Burma, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • It is generally common and not threatened though it is classified as vulnerable.

-Source: The Hindu

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