The Branded Royal Butterfly | UPSC | Explained

The Branded Royal Butterfly | UPSC | Explained | Why In The News ?

Rare butterfly documented in the Nilgiris after more than a century

The Branded Royal Butterfly | UPSC | Explained

About Royal Butterfly

  • The Branded Royal (Tajuria melastigma) is a rare butterflys of lycaenid species.
  • It was last recorded in the Nilgiris in 1888 by G.F. Hampson and there is only one other record in Tamil Nadu.
  •  It is found in the Indo-Malayan realm i.e. in India, Assam, Burma and Thailand. 
  • The Branded Royal is very rarely seen in India, with only four or five records in existence i.e. in the Nilgiris, Dindigul and two in Kerala and Karnataka.
  •  It is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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Species 
  • The Branded Royal Butterfly Or Tajuria melastigma
Family Belong To 
  • lycaenid species
Habitat 
  • Indo-Malayan realm i.e. in India, Assam, Burma and Thailand.
In India 
  • Nilgiris
  • Dindigul
  • Kerala
  • Karnataka.
Conservation Status 
  •  It is legally protected in India under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

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